Kapitan pinugutan!

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ANG PINAKAMALUPIT na pwede mong gawin sa kapwa mo ay pugutan mo siya ng ulo o ihiwalay ang ulo sa kanyang katawan. Ito ang tinatawag na mutilation. Sa ating Revised Penal Code (RPC) pinapatawan ito ng pinakamabigat na parusa na kamatayan o habang buhay na pagkabilanggo.

Ang Abu Sayyaf ay mga grupo ng bandido na binansagang international terrorist na naghahasik ng lagim sa ating bayan.

Heto na naman sila ngayon. Isang kapitan ng barko ang walang awang pinugutan ng ulo dahil hindi nakapagbayad ang pamilya ng ransom na tatlong milyong piso.

Hindi ko alam kung makakatulog pa ang mga ito subalit sigurado akong hinihintay na sila ng kanilang kalalagyan sa impiyerno.

Habang nagtitika, nagdarasal at nagbabakasyon ang ilan may isang pamilya ang nagluksa sa pagkamatay ng kanilang mahal sa buhay.

Kinumpirma ng isang video ang pagpugot ng ulo sa isang Pilipinong kapitan ng barko na si Noel Besconde.

Marami nang dinukot ang bandidong grupo na Abu Sayyaf mapa-Pilipino o foreigner wala silang pinipili.

Kidnap for ransom ang palaging nangyayari at kapag walang nakuhang ransom ay saka na nila pupugutan ng ulo ang kanilang bihag.

Kasa-kasama pa ang kanilang bihag sa lugar na pinagtataguan nila. Walang maayos na pahinga at walang sapat na pagkain ang mga bihag kaya marami sa kanila ay nagkakasakit at humihina ang katawan.

Matatandaang nung nakaraang Disyembre nang isa si Besconde sa nadukot sa Celebes sea sa apat na crewmember ng FB Ramona.

Naghigpit ang Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) at sinubukang gumawa ng paraan para mabawi ang mga bihag ng bandidong grupo.

Pinaniniwalaan na ang nasa likod ng pagpatay na ito ay ang Abu Sayyaf sub leader na si Hatib Sawadjaan.

Nagpasya ang bandidong grupo na pugutan ng ulo si Besconde matapos na hindi makuha ang tatlong milyong ranson na kanilang hinihingi.

May balita naman na kaya pinugutan ng ulo itong si Besconde dahil may sakit ito at nahihirapan ang grupo na tumakas dahil sa kanyang kondisyon.

Marami nang nabihag at napatay ang grupong ito. May mga nakalaya pero marami rin ang nasawi nang hindi makuha ng grupo ang hinihinging pera.

Pinaalalahanan ang mga tao na mas maging mapagmatiyag sila at i-report kaagad sa otoridad kung sakaling may napapansin silang hindi magandang nangyayari.

Kinakailangan din na magtulungan ang otoridad at ang mamamayan para maiwasan ang pagdami ng bilang ng mga nadudukot.

Kusa nang umiwas ang mga tao sa mga lugar kung saan nagkukuta o madalas mapadpad ang bandidong grupo. Sa ganitong paraan ay hindi na sila makakapangbiktima pa at makakahingi ng malaking halaga kapalit ng buhay ng kanilang bihag.

Marami na silang naging bihag, may mga kilala meron namang ordinaryong tao lamang. Pare-pareho ang ginagawa nila, humihingi ng malaking halaga para magamit nila sa kanilang operasyon.

Kahit saan ka lumugar talo pa rin ang gobyerno. Kung sakaling magbigay ka ng pera na hinihingi nila lalakas lang ang kanilang loob na ulitin ang kanilang gawain dahil may napapala sila.

Saan nila gagamitin ng pera? Pambili ng armas at ilan pang kagamitan pandigma na mas makakapaglagay sa bansa sa mas malaking kapahamakan?

Kung sakaling hindi naman maibigay ang kanilang hinihingi ay buhay  ng kanilang mga bihag naman ang kapalit.

Nagpaabot na ng pakikiramay ang Palasyo sa pamilya ni Besconde. Mas pinaiigting nila ngayon ang kanilang operasyon para makita ang katawan ng namatay.

Sa ganitong pagkakataon ang tanging maibibigay na lamang sa pamilya ng namatay ay ang mahanap ang katawan nito at mabigyan ng maayos na burol at libing.

Una nang sinabi ni Presidente Rodrigo Duterte na hindi niya kukunsintihin ang ginagawang ito ng mga Abu Sayyaf at mas palalakasin niya pa ang pwersa ng militar para malabanan ang grupong ito na patuloy na nanggugulo sa bansa.

Iniutos na ni Presidente na huwag susuko ang ating mga sundalo sa kamay ng mga kalaban lalo na pagdating sa labanan dahil kamatayan lang din naman ang kanilang kahahantungan.

Lumaban sila hanggang sa huling bala na meron ang kanilang mga armas at huwag silang magpapadakip sa mga kaaway nang sa ganun ay hindi magkaroon ng pagkakataon ang mga ito na gawin silang alipin o babuyin.

Hanggang ngayon ay wala pang solusyong naiisip ang Presidente para matigil ang ganitong gawain ng mga Abu Sayyaf.

Ilang buhay pa ba ang kailangan mawala at ilang pamilya pa ang kailangan magluksa.

Mga inosenteng tao ang kanilang nabibiktima kaya naman binibigyan na lamang ng Presidente ng hanggang Hunyo 30 ang ating mga sundalo para matapos na ang problema sa mga Abu Sayyaf.

Hangga’t may napagkukunan ng pera ang grupong ito at nakakapag-recruit sila hindi sila mauubos. Kung giyera naman ang pag-uusapan may mga makabago silang armas at ilang kagamitang pandigma.

Ganun pa man hindi nagpapahuli ang ating administrasyon at lahat ng maganda o paraan para hindi madehado ang tagapagtanggol ng ating bansa ay ibinibigay niya.

Tama ang patuloy na paalala ng ating kapulisan at ng AFP. Alam naman ninyo kung anong lugar o bahagi ng Mindanao nagkukuta ang mga kaaway kaya’t kayo na mismo ang lumayo.

Huwag niyo nang bigyan ng pagkakataon na madakip pa kayo at magamit sa masama nilang balak para makakuha ng pera sa gobyerno o sa kung saan mang ahensya.

Ang tatlo pang kasamahan ni Noel hindi malabong isang araw ay lulutang na naman ang balita at hihingi na naman ng ransom ang Abu Sayyaf kapalit ng kanilang kalayaan at buhay.

SA MGA BIKTIMA NG KRIMEN o may problemang ligal maaari kayong magtext sa 09198972854, 09051090451.

Sa mga gustong maka-usap ako ng diretso maaari kayong tumawag sa 710-3618.

Source: Tony Calvento/Pilipino Star Ngayon

Hustisya para kay Noel Besconde

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Noel Besconde, crew of FB Ramona, was beheaded at the vicinity of Western Patikul, Sulu.

“Ayon sa report si Besconde diumano ay naging sakitin na at nahirapang dalhin ng teroristang abu sayyaf dahil tinutugis sila, minarapat nilang wakasan ang buhay nito.”

The ASG demanded 3 million pesos ransom for Besconde but the government maintains its policy of refusing to pay ransom. #TutulanAngTerorismo

Leave them alone

 

15740972_1315745448447510_3517651341759856396_nDAVAO Oriental is one in condemning the killing of Likid Copertino Banugan, the Mandaya tribal leader brutally murdered by the New People’s Army, which have long been trying to enter the ancestral domain of Banugan’s people in Barangay Pichon, Caraga, Davao Oriental, but have been thwarted because of Banugan’s leadership.

Regarded for his strong rule over the areas covered by the certificate of ancestral domain title (CADT-01) and in insisting that his people carry with them the culture and ways of the Mandaya, Banugan personifies the characters of a datu as they were before.

To the NPA, he was the enemy, the land grabber, and the dictator. To his people, he was the one who pushed them to celebrate their being Mandaya, putting up the annual festival in sitio Sangab and the cultural village there, successfully bringing back what was almost forgotten 18 years ago.

He also made sure that the ancestral domain is not sold to anyone and remains a communal property of the tribe, with recognition of who among the tribesfolk have rightful occupancy of a plot.

He set up the tribe’s cultural village where they still weave and make their attires and cloths and their baylans are sought out to bless whatever endeavor the community starts on.

His death, along with his brother Ramon and nephew Benny, outside his house in Caraga Poblacion was an overkill. Not only peppered with bullets from high-powered firearms, an M203 grenade was said to have been exploded at the three as well.

The brutality of the death illustrates the long-held anger the NPA has had on Banugan, the very foundation by which his people of the Mandaya tribe respect him.

Banugan’s fate underscores what the indigenous peoples have long been trying to explain to those who are trying to talk peace with the communist rebels and the Moro rebels. The fact that the IPs are held hostage by these forces, and yet, are not given a voice and a say.

Especially with regards communist rebels, which put up bases in IP areas, the IPs cannot even raise their voices against them since the rebels are armed, they are not. When they seek government help for protection, they are called spies and are killed, just like Banugan and many before him. When they arm themselves, they are called warlords and are killed, just like Banugan and many before him. When they align with the rebels, then the government forces kill them.

Banugan’s death should be the last straw. The government by this time, should understand that the IPs are not just observers, but are the one who suffer the brunt of the conflict. They are forever hostaged by the conflicts and their development is stunted forever.

Why is that? Whenever they find partners to help them develop, their partners are harassed and their leaders are killed. When they develop themselves, they are subject to militarization from both sides.

Here’s to hoping that Peace Process Secretary Jesus G. Dureza, who has been going around consulting with IPs, fully comprehend what is happening and once and for all declare all IP communities as zones of peace where they are allowed to rule their people based on their own culture and norms, without the interference and constant agitation by the communist and the militarization of the government. (Source: sunstar.com.ph)

Armed men attack Mandaya village, kill chieftain and two others

 

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Photo source: Eden Licayan

CARAGA, Davao Oriental, January 1, 2017 – Armed men believed to be Maoist NPA terrorists attacked the Mandaya tribal village at Sitio Calapagan, Brgy. Poblacion here and murdered the tribal chieftain and two relatives about 11:30 p.m. on Friday.

Police identified the victims as Likid (Chieftain) Copertino Mabayanban Banugan, also known as Likid Coper and Datu Coper, 53, chieftain of the Mandaya Tribal Council covering Certificate of Ancestral Domain Title (CADT)-01 in Caraga and part of Bataan town in Compostela Valley Province, his 44-year old brother Ramon, and nephew Benny.

Pursuing government troops reportedly recovered a wounded from among the attackers but it cannot be independently verified.

Responding policemen engaged the attackers in a firefight as they withdrew towards the neighboring town of Manay.

Under cover of darkness, an undetermined number of unidentified armed men arrived in the village onboard two vans and threacherously attacked the houses of Banugan and his relatives.

The identities of the attackers are yet to be established but all indications and motives point to the NPA due to prior incidents.

Personnel of the Caraga Municipal Police Station under PSInsp. Anthony Gumban heard the gunfires and responded onboard a patrol car but was blocked with burnt tires and spikes at P.M. Subrecarey st. here.

The policemen were forced to walk towards the area and catched up with the withdrawing attackers who engaged them in a firefight but managed to escape towards Manay onboard the two vans.

Police recovered from the crime scene a magazine for KG9 machine pistol with three live 9 mm ammunitions, three live ammunitions for M203 Grenade Launcher, five caliber 5.56 mm ammunitions for M16 rifle, and three empty shells of spent M203 ammunition.

Banugan as chieftain was the main proponent of the Calapagan Mandaya Tribal Council policy declaring the entire CADT-01 as a “peace zone” that prohibits the entry of all armed groups.

Sometime last June, some 200 NPA men from New Bataan town in Compostela Valley, Cateel, Boston and Baganga towns, all in Davao Oriental, entered the CADT-01 area and knocked on the doors of residents including that of the late Likid Banugan.

The Tribal Chieftain reported the incident and the NPA’s meddling on purely indigenous people (IP) matters to the media.

Local newspapers particularly Sun*Star Davao come up with a story by-lined by its editor Estella Estremera. The Philippine Daily Inquirer also published a story filed by its Davao-based Correspondent Frinston Lim on the incident and Banugan’s complaint against the NPA.

The incident was repeated last November but the Tribal Council and its elders put it under wrap so as not to worsen the situation.

The NPA accused Banugan and the whole Tribal Council as “assets” of the AFP.

In its earlier statement, the Council clearly stated that they support peace & development efforts but they are against any armed group to enter in their community as they support neither the military nor the NPA.

The NPA repeatedly threatened Banugan to cease organizing the community for peace and development.
Banugan had formed three organizations: one each for the IP leaders and elders, for women, and for the youth.

Apparently the NPA disliked these sectoral groups outside their control.

Another possible motive of the NPA in killing Banugan was the Tribal Council’s decision on a land conflict of two families in Sitio Sabang where the NPA favored the losing family against the Tribal Council’s decision.

Under the leadership of Banugan, the Tribal Council vehemently detests the meddling of the NPA in the affairs of the IP especially on its decisions and those of its elders.

News via (SPRINT NEWS)

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NPA ambush’ civilians in Agusan

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Four civilians were killed and four others, including an 8-year-old  girl, were wounded when a band of New People’s Army (NPA) rebels opened fire at an ambulance vehicle in Sitio Latay, Barangay Marfil, Rosario, Agusan del Sur Sunday afternoon (November 30, 2014).

First Lieutenant Jolito Borces, civil military operations officer of the 75th Infantry Battalion, said the ambush happened at around 5:30 p.m. while the passengers, including a barangay chairman, were on their way home from attending a church activity.

“Two died in the spot and two others declared dead on arrival at the hospital. Four others, including an 8-year-old girl, were wounded in the ambush,” Borces said.

Dead on the spot were Neljoy Cerna, 27, and Noni Mabong, 51. Dead on arrival at the hospital were Alfredo Cerna, 51, and Vanessa Sabas, 30.

The wounded were identifed as Liza Casilla, 47, Elmer Adonis, 37, Mae Roselyn Adonis, 8, and Barangay Chairman Emillio Solidor Jr., 49.

Borces said the perpetrators were members of the NPA-Guerilla Front 14 operating in the area of Agusan and Surigao del Sur.

Prior to the incident, Borces said Solidor was invited to attend the thanksgiving celebration of Wayside Bible Baptist at around 11 a.m.

At 5 p.m., Solidor left the place together with other civilians who requested to hitch a ride with him in the ambulance.

“While on their way back home at about two kilometers from the church, they were suddenly ambushed by more or less 20 NPA rebels,” Borces said.

He said the rebels were allegedly under the command of Leonida Belarmino Sanchez alias Monik/Susay, Front Secretary; Randy Subla alias Nice; Ariel Conejar Ornales alias Charlie/Jorlan/Brylle; and Renato Sayasat alias Friday.

Sources: NPA leaders tagged as behind deadly attack in Agusan Sur  / NDF: Civilian victims in Agusan ambush ‘most unfortunate’ / 4 civilians killed on the spot, 8-year-old girl, 3 others wounded in NPA ambush in Agusan Sur

Cease all Executions

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At least 23 drug suspects were recently killed since the inauguration of President Duterte on June 30. Among these, 22 suspected drug related killings were done outside police operations and the increasing number of killings have alarmed human rights advocates. Edre Olalia, secretary general of the National Union of people’s lawyers, said the killings must be halted.

“There’s a danger that Duterte’s electoral victory may be seen as a symbolic victory for a notion that’s already spreading in the Philippines: that extrajudicial vigilante-style killings of suspected criminals is a legitimate approach to crime control,” said Phelim Kine, deputy director of Human Rights Watch for Asia.

Seemingly, this action taken by the “vigilantes” is in consonance with the NPA’s implementation of its ‘Kangaroo Court’, a justice system wherein the one that tries is also the one that executes alleged offenders.  This also manifests the NPA’s gross disregard for human rights.

President Duterte’s hard-line stance on crime is wildly popular in Davao. Raul Tolentino, 82, who has practiced law here since the 1960s, said that popularity stemmed from the 1980s, when Communist insurgents plagued the region and the city was notorious for bloody mayhem. Mr. Tolentino recalled armed rebel groups entering the city at will, and criminal gangs engaging in shootouts in broad daylight.

For more than 40 years, the NPA’s ‘armed struggle’ has not solved any of the country’s problems but has caused even more problems.  Four decades of armed struggle have also brought senseless deaths and miseries to hundreds of thousands of Filipinos and destroyed the future of many of our youths.  The use of violence in pursuing political, economic and social objectives is really not acceptable and should be condemned.

Claims by the NPA that defendants receive a fair hearing during its people’s court proceedings are not supported by the facts, Human Rights Watch said. Philip Alston, the former United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary executions who investigated extrajudicial killings in the Philippines in 2007, described the people’s courts as “either deeply flawed or simply a sham.”

The NPA has long admitted to killing government officials and civilians whom the NPA deems to have engaged in acts “against the people.” They have also killed allegedly traitorous NPA or Communist Party members.

On April 21, 2014, NPA rebels shot and killed Mayor Carlito Pentecostes Jr. of Gonzaga town, Cagayan province.  On July 27, 2012, they killed Datu Causing Ogao, a leader of an indigenous people’s group, in Davao City. On February 28, 2011, they killed Jeffrey Nerveza, a civilian, in Albay, Bicol. On August 19, 2011, the NPA killed Raymundo “Monding” Agaze in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental. On July 13, 2010, NPA members shot and killed Mateo Biong, Jr., a former mayor of Giporlos town, Eastern Samar. That same month, they shot and killed Sergio Villadar, a sugar cane farmer, in Escalante City, Negros Occidental. All of these people, the NPA claimed, had been found guilty by its people’s courts.

In its October 25, 2015 statement announcing the deaths of the Otazas, the NPA said it is waging a “people’s war” and it “has been pursuing revolutionary justice by meting appropriate capital punishment against war criminals to remove the continuation of the human rights violations and render justice.”

As a party to an internal armed conflict, the NPA and Vigilante groups are obligated to abide by international humanitarian law, including common article 3 to the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and its Second Additional Protocol of 1977 (Protocol II), to which the Philippines is party. International humanitarian law prohibits killing civilians, mistreating anyone in custody, and convicting anyone in proceedings that do not meet international fair trial standards. Article 6 of Protocol II specifies that criminal courts must be independent and impartial, and the accused shall have “all necessary rights and means of defense,” among other guarantees. Those tried by people’s courts are typically convicted in absentia, thus denied the right to be tried in one’s presence before an impartial court.

We call on the NUPL and other Human Rights Advocates to condemn the summary executions or killings of helpless civilians. The NPA and vigilantes should end this charade of unjust ‘people’s courts’ and cease all executions.

Sources:

https://www.hrw.org/news/2015/10/27/philippines-rebel-executions-violate-international-law

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/18/world/asia/rodrigo-duterte-philippines.html?_r=0