The SANDUGO and Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA) slammed the appointment of a former military official as the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) chairperson. The groups warned that indigenous peoples should brace for intensified military deployment in indigenous peoples’ lands with the appointment of Capuyan.
The Police Regional Office Cordillera (PRO-COR) and the Northern Luzon Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (NOLCOM-AFP) bared the Joint Campaign Plan Kapanatagan on May 24 during the ceremonial signing held at Camp Bado Dangwa. The government expects the fast elimination of revolutionary movement in the Cordillera with the implementation of the regional counter-insurgency design.
The recent clashes between the PNP and the NPA in the Mountain Province again put the issue of the use of anti-personnel explosives in the limelight with the government accusing the rebels of violating International Humanitarian Law. But are all anti-personnel explosives prohibited under the Ottawa Convention? Are the NPA bound to adhere to formal and customary laws of war?
Most reports provided the basic information about the clashes, enough to inform the readers of what transpired. However, straight news that dwells only on the firefight and the casualties tends to create further division among the people. It leaves a data gap on the circumstances that caused the events and the reasons why the war in the countryside continue to rage.
Despite the intensified threats, red-tagging and vilification against progressive groups and activists, youth groups in Baguio City are not deterred, and are finding ways to fight back.
(Updated Apr 04, 8:00 pm) Government troops have incurred 12 casualties and three villages have been ordered to evacuate in Bauko town after a series of clashes between the authorities and the New People’s Army erupted in the municipality and bordering forest area with Tadian.
Kinundena ng grupong Anakpawis Cagayan ang sapilitang pagpapasuko ni Provincial Governor Manuel Mamba kasama ang Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) at Philippine National Police (PNP) sa isang libong myembro diumano ng nasabing organisasyon.
The country’s human rights situation has again hit a new low according to human rights groups after the Duterte administration, through the National Security Council, filed a complain to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, tagging groups like Rural Missionaries of the Philippines, Mindanao Interfaith Service Foundation, Incorporated, IBON Foundation and KARAPATAN as fronts f the armed revolutionary movement.
A youth party-list official in Ilocos condemned the military for its “campaign to demonize party-lists” and outright violation of its mandate in the Constitution.
Atty. Edu Balgos of the National Union of Peoples Lawyer (NUPL) and Cristina Palabay of Karapatan in separate statements said the police’s insistence on taking custody of the personal belongings of slain National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) peace consultant Randy Malayao is meant to fish information about the Left and not to resolve his murder.
Randy Malayao’s family expressed sadness over allegations made by the Philippine National Police (PNP) that the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) peace consultant mismanaged funds that may have led to his assassination.
The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) denounced efforts by the Rodrigo Duterte government for what it calls the “regime’s foulest move in sowing false information surrounding the murder” of National Democratic Front of the Philippines peace consultant Randy Malayao last January 30 in Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya.