CORDILLERA REBELS, NPA SPLINTER GROUP WELCOME SIGNING OF MORO PEACE AGREEMENT  

Two former rebel groups have welcomed today's signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. The Cordillera Bodong Administration-Cordillera People’s Liberation Army (CBA-CPLA) and the Rebolusyonaryong Partido ng Manggagawa-Pilipinas/Revolutionary Proletarian Army/Alex Boncayao Brigade (RPM-P/RPA/ABB) issued separate statements ahead of the 4 p.m. signing ceremony at the Kalayaan Grounds. "It is a milestone in our nation’s history that shall be remembered as a day when the whole country stood up for peace in the Southern Philippines, a hopeful attempt to finally resolve the four decades conflict in Mindanao that spelled hundreds if not thousands of Filipino lives," CBA secretary-general Mayor Gabino Ganggangan said. "The Cordillera Bodong Administration shall stand with the Bangsamoro as they chart this track and shape a region that shall be a model of unity despite diversity of cultures. As peace-loving Cordillerans also granted a chance on autonomy in the 1987 Philippine Constitution, we are one with the Bangsamoro in welcoming this new chapter for sustainable peace and development that shall bring into reality our collective aspiration for real national upliftment and development in the lives of our peoples," Ganggangan added. He recalled how challenges also mired the implementation of the peace pact between the government and the CBA-CPLA. "But these were overcome by the perseverance of the parties who saw the agreement as a chance towards meaningful change, a chance towards communities’ engagement in governance reform, and a chance to give due respect to the many lives lost in the Cordilleran struggle for self governance and development," he said. RPM-P/RPA/ABB said it views the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro "with high hopes for a bright path of reconciliation and collaboration."

ALSO: NDFP-Southern Tagalog nagsagawa ng dagliang pagkilos para sa pagdiriwang ng ika-45 Anibersaryo ng NPA

[Quezon City]- Sa pagdiriwang ng ika-45 Anibersaryo ng New People’s Army (NPA) ngayong Marso 29, 2014, nagtungo ang may isang daang (100) kasapi ng National Democratic Front of the Philippines-Southern Tagalog (NDFP-ST) sa Philcoa, Quezon City, ganap na alas-diyes ng umaga upang magsagawa ng pagkilos at maiksing programa. Nanawagan ang NDFP-Southern Tagalog na paigtingin ang armadong pakikibaka sa gitna ng panlilinlang at pagiging doble-kara ng gubyerno ni Benigno S. Aquino III. Habang nagsasalita si Aquino tungkol sa usapang pangkapayapaan ay iba naman ang ginagawa nito sa kanyang sinasabi. Habang parang batang inaalok ng kendi ang CPP-NPA-NDFP sa usapang pangkapayapaan ay kabi-kabila naman ang iligal na pag-aresto at iligal na pagkulong sa mga pinaghihinalaang matataas na opisyales at myembro ng CPP-NPA-NDF-ST. ng sunod-sunod na iligal na pag-aresto at pagkulong kina Benito at Wilma Tiamzon at kay Andrea Rosal at marami pang ibang bilanggong pulitikal na nakakulong batay sa mga gawa-gawang kasong kriminal ay pagpapatunay na hindi seryoso ang rehimen ni Aquino sa usapang pangkapayapaan. Puro intriga, pagbubulid ng kasinungalingan at gawa-gawang kaso ang ipinapakalat ni Aquino kasabwat ang Armed Forced of the Philippines (AFP). Ang mga paratang ng kung anu-anong matataas na posisyon ng kanilang mga nahuhuling diumano’y kasapi ng CPP-NPA-NDFP ay hindi lisensya upang sila’y arestuhin ng wala man lang madamyento de aresto, katulad ng ginawa nila sa mag-asawang Tiamzon at Andrea Rosal.

ALSO: AFP chief: NPA won’t last another five years

Armed Forces chief Gen. Emmanuel Bautista believes the New People’s Army (NPA) will become irrelevant in less than five years. The NPA marks its 45th anniversary today. Speaking to reporters yesterday, Bautista said the NPA has degenerated into a gang of bandits who have no ideology. “After five years, they (NPA) will be irrelevant,” he said. “They won’t even last for five years. Their focus now is extortion.” However, the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) said in a statement the NPA is continuously gaining and acquiring 10,000 high-powered firearms. “The strength of thousands of NPA Red fighters spread out in more than 110 guerrilla fronts covering significant portions of 71 provinces is amplified several times over by tens of thousands of people’s militias and hundreds of thousands of the masses’ self-defense forces,” read the statement. “The CPP looks forward to the NPA’s rapid expansion to 25,000 fighters and the growth in the number of its guerrilla fronts to 200, covering every rural congressional district. This, as guerrilla warfare advances and more weapons are seized from the enemy.” Armed Forces spokesman Maj. Gen. Domingo Tutaan Jr. said the NPA will commemorate today 45 years of sowing fear against the Filipino people and 45 years of crimes against public order.

ALSO: Late NPA spokesman, Ka Roger Rosal’s daughter arrested in Caloocan

An alleged NPA leader in the Southern Tagalog region, Andrea was eight months pregnant when arrested. John Consulta Authorities on Thursday arrested another suspected communist leader — Andrea Rosal, daughter of the late rebel spokesperson Gregorio “Ka Roger” Rosal. The eight-month-pregnant Rosal was arrested together with several others in a house in Barangay 169 in Caloocan City, a report on GMA News' “24 Oras” said. In a statement, military spokesperson Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala said arrested with Rosal were her security escort identified only as Che, and barangay chairman Ruben Gatchalian, the alleged owner the house where Rosal's group was staying. Rosal and her companions were arrested by the combined forces of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP) and the National Bureau of Investigation Anti-Organized Crime Division (NBI-AOCD) around 7 a.m. on Thursday. The military said Rosal, who allegedly uses the aliases “Naiya” and “Liam,” was arrested by virtue of warrants of arrest issued in Mauban, Quezon, for cases of kidnapping and murder. The military said Rosal was also implicated in an attempted homicide case filed in Luisiana-Cavinti court in Laguna. Baseless accusations. Rosal denied committing any crime.

ALSO: CPP lauds NPA for 45 years, claims fighters could reach 25,000

As it congratulated its armed group the New People’s Army (NPA) during its 45th founding anniversary, the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) claimed it could increase its armed forces to 25,000. In a statement, the CPP said it is looking forward to increasing its high-powered rifles to 25,000 from its current 10,000. “It is well within the capabilities of the NPA to increase its armed strength to 25,000 soon. The NPA can do so by carrying out more frequent big and small tactical offensives against military detachments, checkpoints, police stations, private security agencies, private armies and criminal gangs with a clear aim and plan to seize more and more weapon,” the CPP said in its website. The CPP also said the NPA is expanding due to the “prevailing socio-economic conditions and lack of political rights.”
“There is a clear baseline of strength and experience from which to make further advances… We are confident of moving forward in realizing the plan to advance from the stage of strategic defensive to the strategic stalemate in the people’s war,” the CPP said. But the military debunked the CPP’s “propaganda” as “lies.” Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Ramon Zagala said the NPA only numbers at 4,000 fighters. The CPP said it has 110 guerrilla fronts covering 71 provinces. But Zagala said the NPA is only located in 36 provinces after the military has normalized 43 provinces. “As far as we are concerned, they have lost their ideological mooring and relegated to an extortion and banditry group,” Zagala told INQUIRER.net by phone on Saturday.


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Cordillera rebels, NPA splinter group welcome signing of Moro peace agreement


MILF Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, MARCH 31, 2014 (INTERAKSYON.COM) By: Dexter San Pedro - Two former rebel groups have welcomed today's signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

The Cordillera Bodong Administration-Cordillera People’s Liberation Army (CBA-CPLA) and the Rebolusyonaryong Partido ng Manggagawa-Pilipinas/Revolutionary Proletarian Army/Alex Boncayao Brigade (RPM-P/RPA/ABB) issued separate statements ahead of the 4 p.m. signing ceremony at the Kalayaan Grounds.

"It is a milestone in our nation’s history that shall be remembered as a day when the whole country stood up for peace in the Southern Philippines, a hopeful attempt to finally resolve the four decades conflict in Mindanao that spelled hundreds if not thousands of Filipino lives," CBA secretary-general Mayor Gabino Ganggangan said.

"The Cordillera Bodong Administration shall stand with the Bangsamoro as they chart this track and shape a region that shall be a model of unity despite diversity of cultures. As peace-loving Cordillerans also granted a chance on autonomy in the 1987 Philippine Constitution, we are one with the Bangsamoro in welcoming this new chapter for sustainable peace and development that shall bring into reality our collective aspiration for real national upliftment and development in the lives of our peoples," Ganggangan added.

He recalled how challenges also mired the implementation of the peace pact between the government and the CBA-CPLA.

"But these were overcome by the perseverance of the parties who saw the agreement as a chance towards meaningful change, a chance towards communities’ engagement in governance reform, and a chance to give due respect to the many lives lost in the Cordilleran struggle for self governance and development," he said.

RPM-P/RPA/ABB said it views the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro "with high hopes for a bright path of reconciliation and collaboration."

"This signing heralds a historic step that will undertake the immense task of healing wounds of a decades-long armed conflict rooted in the centuries-old social injustice wrought by colonization on the early peoples of our country that still resonates and affects Mindanao and the whole Philippines."

"The government-MILF peace agreement deserves all the respect and needs all the support of peace and freedom loving peoples," the former rebel group added.

PRESS RELEASE March 29, 2014

NDFP-Southern Tagalog nagsagawa ng dagliang pagkilos para sa pagdiriwang ng ika-45 Anibersaryo ng NPA

[Quezon City]- Sa pagdiriwang ng ika-45 Anibersaryo ng New People’s Army (NPA) ngayong Marso 29, 2014, nagtungo ang may isang daang (100) kasapi ng National Democratic Front of the Philippines-Southern Tagalog (NDFP-ST) sa Philcoa, Quezon City, ganap na alas-diyes ng umaga upang magsagawa ng pagkilos at maiksing programa.

Nanawagan ang NDFP-Southern Tagalog na paigtingin ang armadong pakikibaka sa gitna ng panlilinlang at pagiging doble-kara ng gubyerno ni Benigno S. Aquino III. Habang nagsasalita si Aquino tungkol sa usapang pangkapayapaan ay iba naman ang ginagawa nito sa kanyang sinasabi. Habang parang batang inaalok ng kendi ang CPP-NPA-NDFP sa usapang pangkapayapaan ay kabi-kabila naman ang iligal na pag-aresto at iligal na pagkulong sa mga pinaghihinalaang matataas na opisyales at myembro ng CPP-NPA-NDF-ST.

Ang sunod-sunod na iligal na pag-aresto at pagkulong kina Benito at Wilma Tiamzon at kay Andrea Rosal at marami pang ibang bilanggong pulitikal na nakakulong batay sa mga gawa-gawang kasong kriminal ay pagpapatunay na hindi seryoso ang rehimen ni Aquino sa usapang pangkapayapaan. Puro intriga, pagbubulid ng kasinungalingan at gawa-gawang kaso ang ipinapakalat ni Aquino kasabwat ang Armed Forced of the Philippines (AFP). Ang mga paratang ng kung anu-anong matataas na posisyon ng kanilang mga nahuhuling diumano’y kasapi ng CPP-NPA-NDFP ay hindi lisensya upang sila’y arestuhin ng wala man lang madamyento de aresto, katulad ng ginawa nila sa mag-asawang Tiamzon at Andrea Rosal.

“Dapat na kagyat na palayain si Andrea Rosal na walong (8) buwang buntis sa ngayon at ang kanyang mga kasamahan. Bukod sa kanyang kundisyon, walang batayan at lisensya na iligal na arestuhin si Andrea dahil lamang sa siya ay ni Ka Roger Rosal, dating tagapagsalita ng CPP. Gawa-gawa ang mga kasong paratang sa kanya at ni walang maipakitang warrant of arrest”. Ito ang pahayag ni Veronica Makabayan, tagapagsalita ng MAKIBAKA-Timog Katagalugan (Malayang Kilusan ng Bagong Kababaihan), alyadong organisasyon ng NDFP.

Dismayado naman ang pahayag ni Nika Antares, tagapagsalita ng Artista at Manunulat ng Sambayanan-Timog Katagalugan (ARMAS-TK), kasaping organisasyon ng NDFP-ST tungkol sa usapang pangkapayapaan, ayon kay Antares, “Mariin naming kinukundena ang garapalang panloloko ni Benigno Aquino III sa mamamayang Filipino na malaon nang naghihirap. Nais pagtakpan ni Aquino ang umaalingasaw na kabulukan ng gubyernong ito na punong-puno ng korupsyon, karahasan at paglabag sa karapatang pantao, sa panlilinlang sa ating mga kababayaan na makakamit ang kapayapaan sa pamamagitan lamang ng isang kapirasong papel sa pagkakasundo sa usapang pangkapayapaan. Hinding-hindi makakamit ang tunay at pangmatagalan kapayapaan kung sa loob ng 45 taon ng armadong pakikibaka ay hindi pa rin natutugunan ang pinakaugat ng armadong tunggalian”, pahayag ni Nika Antares.

Dagdag pa ni Antares, “ Paanong maniniwala ang CPP-NPA-NDFP Kay Benigno Aquino III sa inilalako niyang usapang pangkapayapaan kung ang nais niya ay hulihin, ikulong at pasukuin ang lahat ng pinaghihinalaang kasapi ng CPP-NPA-NDFP kahit pa ang mga ito ay protektado ng Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees o JASIG. Nilalapastangan ni Aquino ang mga napagkasunduan na sa mga unang usapang pangkapayaan at ang mismong kasunduan sa paggalang sa karapatang pantao o CARHRIHL(Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law).

Bilang pagkundena sa rehimeng US-BS Aquino at panawagang pagpapaigting ng armadong pakikibaka, nagsagawa ng maiksing programa sa Philcoa ang may isang daang (100) kasapi ng NDFP-Southern Tagalog, na naka-suot ng camiso-chino at mao cap, bilang paglalarawan sa payak at buhay at kamatayang pag-aalay ng buhay ng New People’s Army (NPA) na siyang tunay na hukbong naglilingkod at magpapalaya sa mamayan, hindi katulad ng AFP na batibat ng korupsyon at ngayon nakakaladkad na naman sa maduming arms smuggling sa pag-amin ng isang senador mula sa US. Nagsagawa ng dagliang martsa at kulturang pagtatanghal sa saliw ng awiting “Luha’y Pawiin na Inang Pilipinas” habang iwinawagayway ang mga bandila ng CPP-NPA-NDF Timog Katagalugan. ###

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AFP chief: NPA won’t last another five years By Alexis Romero (The Philippine Star) | Updated March 29, 2014 - 12:00am 0 22 googleplus0 0

MANILA, Philippines - Armed Forces chief Gen. Emmanuel Bautista believes the New People’s Army (NPA) will become irrelevant in less than five years.

The NPA marks its 45th anniversary today.

Speaking to reporters yesterday, Bautista said the NPA has degenerated into a gang of bandits who have no ideology.

“After five years, they (NPA) will be irrelevant,” he said. “They won’t even last for five years. Their focus now is extortion.”

However, the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) said in a statement the NPA is continuously gaining and acquiring 10,000 high-powered firearms.

“The strength of thousands of NPA Red fighters spread out in more than 110 guerrilla fronts covering significant portions of 71 provinces is amplified several times over by tens of thousands of people’s militias and hundreds of thousands of the masses’ self-defense forces,” read the statement.

“The CPP looks forward to the NPA’s rapid expansion to 25,000 fighters and the growth in the number of its guerrilla fronts to 200, covering every rural congressional district. This, as guerrilla warfare advances and more weapons are seized from the enemy.”

Armed Forces spokesman Maj. Gen. Domingo Tutaan Jr. said the NPA will commemorate today 45 years of sowing fear against the Filipino people and 45 years of crimes against public order.

“We as people and as a nation denounce the NPA,” he said.

“Let us therefore have a collective call for the NPA armed group to end armed struggle and for us to have a sustained peace and development.”

Bautista again called on the NPA to abandon the armed struggle and to return to mainstream society.

“I hope they realize that there are other means to achieve our aspirations,” he said.

The NPA’s strength has dwindled to less than 4,000 fighters, the military said.

Pregnant Andrea to remain at NBI

Despite being nine months pregnant, the daughter of the late NPA spokesman Gregorio “Ka Roger” Rosal will remain detained at the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

Special Investigator 3 Aldrin Mercader said 31-year-old Andrea Rosal will be taken to a medical facility only if necessary.

“It would depend on the doctors,” he said.

“If, for instance, she would experience any pain, she could inform the jail guards who in turn would inform the NBI doctors who would check on her. If there is a need to bring her to a hospital, then we would do so.”

However, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said she does not have a problem if Rosal would be subjected to hospital arrest as long as the court agrees.

Mercader said the NBI knew that Andrea was experiencing a difficult pregnancy even before she was arrested.

That’s why the arresting agents brought with them an ambulance, complete with medical staff, to transport her to NBI headquarters on Taft Avenue, Manila, he added.

Andrea is pregnant with her first child.

Mercader said the NBI is currently preparing a return of warrant to inform the Mauban, Quezon Regional Trial Court Branch 64 that Andrea has already been apprehended.

“The court will then issue a commitment order so we could transfer Andrea to Mauban,” he said.

She is the subject of two standing warrants of arrest.

Her first warrant for murder was issued last June 16, 2011, while the second for kidnapping with murder was issued on March 23, 2012.

Mercader said the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP) learned about the whereabouts of Andrea and coordinated with the NBI to serve the warrants of arrest.

“Because of her medical condition, and there is a chance that her condition would worsen, we did not forcibly enter the house,” he said.

“We entered the gate and knocked on the door. It was Barangay Captain Ruben Gatchalian who opened the door and we mentioned their purpose.”

Gatchalian reportedly denied them entry and told the NBI agents that Andrea was not there.

The authorities finally barged in and one of the female NBI agents saw Rosal as she was reportedly about to hide in the bathroom.

At first Andrea denied that she was the woman they were looking for, but a rebel returnee identified her.

Military solution

It is believed the arrests of Benito and Wilma Tiamzon and Andrea Rosal are signs that the government has taken the military solution in talks with the National Democratic Front (NDF).

Speaking to reporters, Rey Casambre of the Philippine Peace Center (PPC) said following the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro, the government is now thinking of pulling out troops in Mindanao and sending them to fight in NPA-infested areas.

“The government is being bullheaded when it comes to resuming the peace talks (with the NDF),” he said.

The arrests of Tiamzon couple and Rosal would be a hindrance to peace talks with communist rebels, Casambre said.

The Philippine Ecumenical Peace Platform (PEPP) agreed with Casambre’s view.

“We have now been witnessing a flurry of accusations and counter-accusations between the two parties,” PEPP said. “The NDF argues the arrest was a violation of the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees. The members of the government panel, on the other hand, are claiming that the couple are not covered by the agreement. Amidst all of these, the PEPP hopes that this will not lead to the total breakdown of the peace negotiations.”

The PPC said it was becoming evident, through the arrests, that the government “has no interest nor intent” in resuming negotiations with the NDF.

“With the Bangsamoro threat out of the way and with increased US military presence and facilities, the government anticipates redeploying the AFP and other security forces to deal with the CPP-NPA-NDF,” PPC said.

“Not a few in the AFP are now even talking about totally ‘crushing the communist rebels,’ with no less than the chief of staff openly calling for the mass surrender of the CPP and NPA leaders and members.”

Meanwhile, in Isabela province, Army troops clashed with NPA rebels in the wilderness of the Sierra Madre range in Villa Robles, San Mariano near the boundary of Palanan beginning 7:30 a.m. yesterday.

No casualties have been reported.

In a report, the Army’s 86th Battalion said troops overran an NPA camp and recovered improvised bombs and rebel documents.

Ex-NPAs surrender

In Cagayan de Oro City, 72 armed former NPA rebels surrendered to the military at Camp Evangelista to avail of the government’s Gun for Peace and Social Integration Program.

Capt. Christian Uy, Army Public Affairs Division spokesman, said they have set the turnover ceremony at the 4th Infantry Division gymnasium on Friday morning. – With Evelyn Macairan, Reinir Padua, Raymond Catindig, Gerry Lee Gorit

FROM GMA NEWS NETWORK

Ka Roger Rosal’s daughter arrested in Caloocan March 27, 2014 8:52pm 245 80 3 647


Andrea Rosal, daughter of the late NPA spokesperson Gregorio 'Ka Roger' Rosal, was arrested in Caloocan City on Thursday, March 27.

An alleged NPA leader in the Southern Tagalog region, Andrea was eight months pregnant when arrested. John Consulta Authorities on Thursday arrested another suspected communist leader — Andrea Rosal, daughter of the late rebel spokesperson Gregorio “Ka Roger” Rosal.

The eight-month-pregnant Rosal was arrested together with several others in a house in Barangay 169 in Caloocan City, a report on GMA News' “24 Oras” said.

In a statement, military spokesperson Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala said arrested with Rosal were her security escort identified only as Che, and barangay chairman Ruben Gatchalian, the alleged owner the house where Rosal's group was staying.

Rosal and her companions were arrested by the combined forces of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP) and the National Bureau of Investigation Anti-Organized Crime Division (NBI-AOCD) around 7 a.m. on Thursday.

The military said Rosal, who allegedly uses the aliases “Naiya” and “Liam,” was arrested by virtue of warrants of arrest issued in Mauban, Quezon, for cases of kidnapping and murder. The military said Rosal was also implicated in an attempted homicide case filed in Luisiana-Cavinti court in Laguna.

Baseless accusations

Rosal denied committing any crime.

“Hindi ko nga po alam kung saan galing yung accusation nila na yun. Wala naman akong kini-kidnap, wala naman akong pinapatay. Masasabi ko po yan ng harap-harapan sa kanila,” Rosal said in an interview with “24 Oras.”

Asked if she is a member of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army (CPP-NPA), Rosal replied, “Sabi nila.”

The military said Rosal is a ranking leader of the CPP-NPA Southern Tagalog Region, and is believed to be the secretary of the Komite Larangan Guerilla Sub Regional Military Area -Southern Tagalog Regional Party Committee.

The ISAFP and NBI-AOCD first conducted a surveillance operation on Rosal and her companions, which led to their arrest after dining in a local restaurant, the “24 Oras” report said.

The NBI and ISAFP are set to give full details on Rosal's arrest as well as information on her alleged illegal activities in Metro Manila on Friday, according to “24 Oras.”

The military, meanwhile, assured that Rosal and her companions will be treated well.

“Extensive attention was given by her arresting officers as Andrea is pregnant and due for delivery within this month,” Zagala said.

Communist leaders

Last Saturday, couple Benito and Wilma Tiamzon, chairman and secretary general, respectively, of the CPP-NPA, were arrested by authorities in Cebu.

Rosal's father, Ka Roger, died in 2011 and was believed to be behind the communist attacks in Southern Tagalog region during the 1980's and 1990's, the “24 Oras” report said.

Military estimates show the strength of the CPP-NPA at 4,347 members, down from more than 26,000 in the late 1980s. — Elizabeth Marcelo/KBK, GMA News

Soldiers name 2 dogs, cat after Tiamzon couple, Joma Sison March 27, 2014 6:41pm 588 33 0 677 Meet Ben, Wilma and Joma—not the communist leaders, but two dogs and a cat.

The three animals were taken into military custody following the arrest of their owners — ranking communist leaders Benito Tiamzon and his wife Wilma Austria — last Saturday in Cebu.

“It's just incidental. We couldn't think of names so we named them Ben, Wilma and Joma," said Lt. Jim Alagao, spokesman for the military's Central Command, on Thursday.

Alagao said two Shitsu dogs were named Ben and Wilma, while a Persian cat was named Joma, after Jose Maria Sison, the self-exiled founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).

The three animals were with the Tiamzon couple when they were arrested together with five others in Aloguinsan town in Cebu by virtue of arrest warrants for multiple murder and multiple frustrated murder.

Mockery?

Alagao, however, said they are not mocking the communist leaders.

“The names were given by those taking care of them... by the troops watching over them,” he said, even as he admitted that they do not know the actual gender of the animals.

The animals will be turned over to the Island Rescue Organization (IRO), a group of animal rights advocates, on Friday morning.

Alagao said the IRO offered to provide food for the animals.

He said the group agreed to take custody of the animals on condition that they will be returned to their rightful owners on orders of the court.

Expensive animal food

Alagao also said the three pets in their custody were fed with Royale Canine food that were also found at the Tiamzon couple's van during their arrest.

“They are believed to be worth P2,000 per pack, which can be consumed in one month by only one [pet]. That would mean they spend roughly P14,000 for the seven pets on pet food alone," said Alagao.

He said the P2,000 the couple spend for the food of a pet for one month is way higher than what the soldiers receive as combat pay, which is only P500 every month. — KBK, GMA News

FROM THE INQUIRER

CPP lauds NPA for 45 years, claims fighters could reach 25,000 INQUIRER.net 5:26 pm | Saturday, March 29th, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – As it congratulated its armed group the New People’s Army (NPA) during its 45th founding anniversary, the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) claimed it could increase its armed forces to 25,000.

In a statement, the CPP said it is looking forward to increasing its high-powered rifles to 25,000 from its current 10,000.

“It is well within the capabilities of the NPA to increase its armed strength to 25,000 soon. The NPA can do so by carrying out more frequent big and small tactical offensives against military detachments, checkpoints, police stations, private security agencies, private armies and criminal gangs with a clear aim and plan to seize more and more weapon,” the CPP said in its website.

The CPP also said the NPA is expanding due to the “prevailing socio-economic conditions and lack of political rights.”
“There is a clear baseline of strength and experience from which to make further advances… We are confident of moving forward in realizing the plan to advance from the stage of strategic defensive to the strategic stalemate in the people’s war,” the CPP said.

But the military debunked the CPP’s “propaganda” as “lies.”

Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Ramon Zagala said the NPA only numbers at 4,000 fighters.

The CPP said it has 110 guerrilla fronts covering 71 provinces. But Zagala said the NPA is only located in 36 provinces after the military has normalized 43 provinces.

“As far as we are concerned, they have lost their ideological mooring and relegated to an extortion and banditry group,” Zagala told INQUIRER.net by phone on Saturday.

Zagala called on the communist group to lay down their arms and seek a peaceful solution.

The NPA has been waging one of Asia’s longest-running communist insurgency.

Peace talks between government and the CPP’s political wing National Democratic Front of the Philippines broke down in April 2013 due to disagreements between both parties.


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