Hustisya para kay Noel Besconde

besconde bihag

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)

Some things worth noting on Kidapawan barricade

12439425_1271871382827424_4402677672214873332_nSome things worth noting on the barricade:
1. The participants seem to have been brought for the barricade through deception
PROOF: In Davao, none of the supposed rallyists were allowed to talk, only the leaders from progressive groups spoke. In Kidapawan, rallyists who escaped said that they were promised rice but were never told of a rally.

2. Their demands are unreasonable and unrealistic


PROOF: In Davao, they demanded the presence of national personalities. Their so called list of demands were unrealistic and was more of propaganda. In Kidapawan, they demanded the release of rice when there is a process that has to be followed

3. They have the fullest intention to disrupt normalcy and cause inconvenience to the general public.


PROOF: Why stage the protest on a National Highway and blocking it. In their statements they claim that the inconvenience they caused was nothing compared to the daily suffering of the lumads due to government neglect and militarizarion (Davao). No statement yet in Kidapawan but it seems that their plan is to really inconvenience everybody.

THE CHALLENGE IS FOR THE GREATER MAJORITY TO SPEAK UP AND PUT THIS NUISANCE GROUP IN THEIR PLACE. PUT PRESSURE ON YOUR LOCAL LEADERS TO ASSERT THE RIGHTS OF THE GREATER MAJORITY.

(REPOST via Kalumuran Mindanao)

Child dies, 2 hurt when NPA rebels attack Army post in North Cotabato

47NPA HR VIOLATION

KIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato — A child died while two others were hurt when New People’s Army rebels attacked a military detachment near a civilian-populated area in Barangay Kisante in Makilala, North Cotabato, on Thursday evening, the police said Friday.

PO1 Jeralyn Tavarro, officer on duty at the Makilala police, said an undetermined number of NPA rebels stormed the detachment of the 72nd Infantry Battalion in Sitio Alang-alang around 8 p.m.

The attack took place barely three days after the rebels celebrated their 47th anniversary.

Tavarro said the firefight lasted for 15 minutes, sending residents living at the back portion of the military camp scampering for safety.

She said a seven-month old baby, identified as Joylyn Dado, was killed when she was hit by a stray bullet in the middle of the encounter, during which, explosions also took place.

Two other minors, identified as Judith Darino, 17; and one-year old John Patrick Binoy, were hit by shrapnel and are now being treated at the Makilala Medical Specialist Center.

Tavarro said the rebels eventually retreated, without taking over the detachment.  SFM

From the Philippine Daily Inquirer (Apr 1)

HIGH RANKING NPA LEADER NABBED, ANOTHER KILLED IN DAVAO DEL SUR

RANKING NPA LEADER NABBED

Matanao, Davao del Sur – Combined troops of 39th Infantry Battalion and Matanao Municipal Police Station apprehended a high ranking leader and recovered the body of his companion who died during the firefight last Wednesday morning, March 16, 2016 at Barangay Buri, Matanao, Davao del Sur.

The apprehended leader, identified as Joan Casamorin alias Alvin is presently the vice-commander of Guerrilla 72 of the Far South Mindanao Regional Committee (FSMR) operating in the hinterlands of South Cotabato, Davao del Sur, North Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat. Alias Alvin is facing charges for robbery, kidnapping and serious Illegal Detention, four counts of murder and Robbery with Homicide.

The troops responded on information regarding the presence of armed men that resulted to a fire fight. The troops were able to recover one Cal. 45 pistol, ammunitions, three Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and the dead body of alias Jebjeb. Alias Alvin got wounded but was immediately rushed to a hospital for treatment while his companion’s dead body was brought to Angel Funeral Homes, Bansalan, Davao del Sur.

“The successful arrest of this NPA leader manifests the community’s strong desire for peace and security in the area. The people have grown tired of the deception and manipulation of the NPAs”, said Lieutenant Colonel Argamosa, 39IB commander.

Col Ronald Villanueva, commander of 1002nd Infantry Brigade said that the apprehension of high ranking individuals within this month is a great loss to the New People’s Army (NPA). First, is the arrest of Ruditha Rosete Gaylawan alias Massi, Front Secretary of GF54 last March 8, 2016 in Calinan, Davao City and secondly, is the arrest of Joan Casamorin, Vice Commander of GF72 of FSMR, earlier today, “We would like to encourage the remaining members of the NPAs to abandon the armed struggle. They can live a normal life away from starvation and hardship by returning to the folds of the law for them to possibly receive assistance from the government agencies such as livelihood and immediate cash aids,” Col Villanueva conluded.

Source: 10th Infantry Agila Division Philippine Army