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NCIP condemns Satur Ocampo for alleged trafficking of minors

NCIP condemns Satur Ocampo for alleged trafficking of minors

The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) condemned Bayan Muna president and former solon Satur Ocampo and his companions’ activities which included the alleged trafficking of 14 Lumad minors. In a statement released on Monday, NCIP also condemned Ocampo’s group for what they call as disregard of the right of Ata-Manobo Indigenous Cultural Communities (ICC)...

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Reds’ PH anthem version meant to fight gov’t, demean troops

Reds’ PH anthem version meant to fight gov’t, demean troops

The New People’s Army’s (NPA) attempt to teach minors an alternative version of the Philippine National Anthem “Lupang Hinirang” is part of their efforts to fight the government and demonize troops tasked to protect the country from such threats. This was disclosed by Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief, Col. Noel...

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NAIA authorities hold bomb explosion drill

NAIA authorities hold bomb explosion drill

The Ninoy Aquino International Airport ‘s (NAIA) Crisis Management Organization (CMO) held a security drill at the Terminal 3 VIP Parking Area on Tuesday, to better prepare authorities on how to respond in case of a bomb explosion. The CMO is composed of the NAIA Crisis Management Committee (CMC), headed by the Manila International Airport...

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18-year-old female NPA fighter captured by the military

18-year-old female NPA fighter captured by the military

An 18-year-old member of the New People’s Army was captured by the members of the Philippine Army’s 503rd Infantry Brigade on Tuesday. Reports said the comrades of suspect “Ka Cindy” left her behind when their group was chased by the military in their conduct of a hot pursuit operation. The military endorsed her to the...

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Anti-NPA hit squad to be formed this month: Lorenzana

Anti-NPA hit squad to be formed this month: Lorenzana

The unit that will be tasked to counter New People’s Army (NPA) hit squads will be formed sometime this month, Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Tuesday. He added that the core of the anti-SPARU (Special Partisan Unit) formation will be made up of personnel from the Intelligence Service of the Armed...

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Lumad schools used as NPA breeding ground

Lumad schools used as NPA breeding ground

Outgoing Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff, Gen. Carlito Galvez said the Salugpungan Community Learning Center and ALCADEV Lumad School are being used as breeding grounds of the New People’s Army (NPA). This was emphasized by the military chief in an interview with reporters shortly after flag-raising ceremony in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City Monday....

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AFP to conduct more intel ops vs. NPA hit squads

AFP to conduct more intel ops vs. NPA hit squads

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will beef up intelligence operations to foil New People’s Army (NPA) hit squads from attacking off-duty military personnel. This was disclosed by AFP spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Edgard Arevalo in a message to reporters Monday. “While it still remains an idea (to form a unit tasked to hunt or...

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NPA hit squad operating under another name: PNP

NPA hit squad operating under another name: PNP

They may no longer be called the Special Partisan Unit (SPARU) of the New People’s Army (NPA) but the group continues to carry out assassinations, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Director General Oscar Albayalde, said on Monday. Albayalde said these hitmen are responsible for the deaths of 136 people, mostly soldiers, policemen, local officials and...

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New batch of NPA surrender in Samar

New batch of NPA surrender in Samar

Another batch of New People’s Army warriors surrendered to the government in Samar. A report posted by the Philippine Army said 26 NPA rebels from Barangay Pandal, Can-avid, Eastern Samar surrendered to the 14th Infantry Battalion under the command of Lieutenant Commander Jimmy V. Jimenez last December 2, 2018. The surrender is a result of...

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Ata-Manobos want salugpungan schools out

Ata-Manobos want salugpungan schools out

With thirst for education, members of Ata-Manobo communities in Talaingod, Davao del Norte once welcomed schools known in their communities as “salugpungan”. But they soon found out that what they thought was a blessing, brought them a curse. Now, they are shouting for such schools to be closed. Spokesperson of Talaingod Tribal Council of Elders,...