Police operatives apprehended three individuals they alleged as high-ranking officers of the New People’s Army in Cagayan who are facing multiple criminal charges.
Communist guerillas operating in Kalinga said the pressures employed by the national government to local officials to pass legislations declaring the revolutionary movement as persona non grata would not hinder their operation and growth.
The New People’s Army (NPA) Command in the Ilocos and Cordillera denied that its unit, responsible for the attack against government troops that left one soldier dead and another injured on September 26 in Sagada, Mountain Province, incurred casualties.
New People’s Army guerillas in the province of Abra downplayed the persona non grata declaration of the Provincial Peace and Order Council stressing that it is bound to fail like other previous attempt of the government to destroy the communist-led armed revolution.
Judge Mario Anacleto Bañez of RTC Branch 25 acquitted Rachel Mariano, a community health and human rights activist of murder and frustrated murder charges filed by the military after finding the evidence presented against her as insufficient and doubtful.
An organization of farmers red-tagged by the military is urging Ilocos Sur Governor Ryan Singson to stand against the continued harassment and threats committed by soldiers from the 81st Infantry Battalion. This came after a dialogue facilitated by the governor failed to stop the military from intimidating leaders and members of the group, and forcing some to surrender and pledge support to their “peace and development program.”
The Christians for National Liberation (CNL), an underground organization of church workers under the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) slammed the Duterte government for not sparing members of the religious community to its “nefarious scheme.”
Rebel leaders in the Cordillera said the government would fail with its plan to make the region as a model of the “whole of nation” approach in ending the communist armed revolution. They also called on guerilla units of the NPA to launch more offensives to counter Oplan Kapanatagan.
The family of journalist and rights activist Brandon Lee expressed worries about his safety and the impartiality of the ongoing investigation. They also voiced disbelief on the military’s denial of its involvement in the shooting nor its claim of having a “harmonious relationship” with the victim.
Barely a week after Ilocos Sur Governor Ryan Singson facilitated a dialogue where leaders of Timpuyog ti Umili iti Karayan Buaya (People’s Unity in the Buaya River) told the military to stop visiting them, army personnel intruded in their meeting.
Church and peasant leaders told the military to stop harassing their members and tagging their organizations as communist-rebel fronts during a dialogue facilitated by the Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur.
In an interview in 2018, during the International Solidarity Mission in Ifugao, Bandon Lee made it clear that state agents and their minions are the only ones that have the motive to inflict harm to him and members of the Ifugao Peasant Movement. Meanwhile, the 5th Infantry Division and its 54th Infantry Division have recently made a statement calling the accusations of Brandon Lee’s colleagues on the military’s involvement in the shooting as “devoid of logic and factual basis”. Here is part of that interview.