NDFP hails NPA Narciso Antazo Aramil Command for successful release of POWs in Rizal

The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) today hailed the Narciso Antazo Aramil Command (NAAC) of the New People’s Army (NPA) for the successful release of prisoners of war Police Inspector Rex Cuntapay and two of his men, Alberto Umali and Marvin Agasen. The three were freed last Friday in Rodriquez, Rizal.

Fidel V. Agcaoili, spokesperson of the NDFP Negotiating Panel, lauded the NAAC “for abiding by international humanitarian law (IHL) and the NPA’s own Rules of Discipline in extending humane treatment to the three POWs and ensuring their safety despite the unrelenting military operations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) in the province of Rizal”.

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CPP congratulates NPA in Rizal for safe and orderly release of Prisoners of War

Information Bureau
Communist Party of the Philippines

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today congratulated the Narciso Antazo Aramil Command of the New People's Army (NPA-NAA) for yesterday's safe and orderly release of three elements of the Philippine National Police Regional Mobile Group held prisoner by the NPA in Rizal since January 3.

Shortly after noon yesterday, custody of the three prisoners of war (POWs)–Insp. Rex Contapay, PO1 Marvin Agasen, and PO1 Alberto de la Cruz–was transferred to personnel of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) who carried out a brief medical checkup and found the three to be in good physical condition. Thereafter, the three were brought to their families and representatives of the Philippine government, religious leaders and other intermediaries.

 

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Abducted daughter of NPA leader found dead

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Rebelyn Pitao. photo from MindaNews.

By Jeffrey M. Tupas
Mindanao Bureau, Inquirer.net

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — (UPDATE 2) The body of the daughter of a New People’s Army commander was fished out of a river in Carmen town in Davao del Sur early Thursday evening, some 24 hours after she was abducted by what her family suspect to be military agents.

Kelly Delgado, secretary general for Southern Mindanao of Karapatan (Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights), said Rebelyn Pitao, 20, was found in Purok (sub-village) 5, San Isidro, Carmen around 6:30 p.m.

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NDFP condemns abduction and demands immediate release of peace consultant Eduardo Sarmiento

Information Bureau
Communist Party of the Philippines

The National Democratic Front-Eastern Visayas today strongly condemned the abduction and detention by government forces of Eduardo Sarmiento, NDFP consultant in Eastern Visayas in the peace negotiations with the Government of the Republic of the Philippines. The NDF-EV also called on the GRP to immediately release Sarmiento because he is accorded protection and lenient treatment under the terms of the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees, as well as the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law. Sarmiento was abducted on Feb. 24 in Manila while he was attending consultations, and the military has said that he will be brought to an undisclosed location in Samar to face trial.

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Arroyo government’s new Baseline Bill is a sellout to China

By Information Bureau
Communist Party of the Philippines

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today slammed the 2009 Baseline Bill, saying that it kowtows to the demands of the Chinese government for the Philippines to surrender its claim of sovereignty over the Kalayaan Islands (Spratly Islands, in international nomenclature) and nearby Scarborough Shoals. The bill was approved Wednesday by the Senate and House of Representatives and will soon be signed into law by Arroyo.

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Armed Forces of the Philippines distorting international rules of warfare regarding landmines

By Information Bureau
Communist Party of the Philippines

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today said the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is distorting international rules of warfare with its persistent claims that the use of command-detonated land mines by the New People's Army (NPA) is prohibited under international humanitarian law and conventions on warfare.

Through its Information Bureau, the CPP clarified that command-detonated land mines are legitimate offensive and defensive weapons employed by the NPA in the course of the people’s war against the armed forces of the oppressive reactionary state.

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Communist Party of the Philippines denounces IMF for pushing more taxes

By Information Bureau
Communist Party of the Philippines

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today denounced the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for "dictating economic policies that call for an even heavier tax burden for the broad masses which." These policy impositions are bound to be implemented by the puppet Arroyo regime.

Through its information bureau, the CPP berated IMF resident representative Dennis Botman for unequivocably supporting a hefty increase in the Arroyo government's 2009 budget, with the bulk allotted to debt service and a so-called "economic stimulus package" comprised of huge "public investments."

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New People’s Army condemns use of civilians and minors in Gloria Arroyo’s “counter-insurgency” war

By Roger Mahinay Command
NPA Negros Island Southwest Front

The Roger Mahinay Command (RMC) of the New People's Army (NPA) in southern Negros Occidental in a statement deplored the use of civilian minors by the 61st IB Phil Army as their guides in military operations. The NPA also condemned the construction of detachments in the center of populated areas.

"Col. Leo Quenid of the 61st IB is like a broken record when he recently claimed that they have already accomplished 75% of their mission in eliminating the NPA in his AOR. The truth is the military committed a lot of human rights violations, defiled the Laws of War based on the Protocols of War and International Humanitarian Law," Ka Nilo Magtanggol of the RMC said.

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Gather the biggest strength to oppose “cha-cha” and to end the Arroyo regime

The National Democratic Front-Eastern Visayas today called on the people to unite and gather their biggest strength against charter change as well as to end the Arroyo regime. "The Arroyo regime pushes charter change today to prolong its hold on power and to avoid being brought to account for its numerous crimes," said Fr. Santiago Salas, NDF-EV spokesperson. "The regime knows that there is no other legitimate way to stay in Malacanang beyond 2010. The people will not allow being cheated twice via the 2010 elections. Moreover, the regime dreads that should it be already out of power, it will be brought to account for its crimes such as massive corruption, selling out the country to foreign interests, and widespread violations of human rights and international humanitarian law."

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NDFP lambasts Manila government for false accusation of alleged civilian killings by the NPA

The spokesman of the negotiating panel of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and chairman of the NDFP Monitoring Committee (NDFP-MC) Fidel V. Agcaoili today lambasted the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) in falsely accusing the New People's Army (NPA) of civilian killings in the armed conflict.

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