Category Archives: terrorism philippines

GOVT ANTI-INSURGENCY BODY WARNS 2022 ELECTION CANDIDATES AGAINST REBEL EXTORTION

NTF-ELCAC tells poll bets not to pay NPA permits

The National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) has warned candidates in the national and local elections that they risk disqualification if they collaborate with communist terrorist groups (CTGs) by paying the so-called permit to win (PTW) and permit to… Read More

Also Read: AFP hails Comelec reso vs. NPA extortion during polls

SUPREME COURT AFFIRMS LEGALITY OF Anti-Terrorism Act

SC denies with finality all challenges vs. Anti-Terrorism Act

The Supreme Court (SC) en banc on Tuesday slammed all doors on petitions challenging Republic Act 11479 or The Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 as it denied with finality the motions for reconsideration of its Dec. 7, 2021 decision.In a statement during its summer sessions here, the SC… Read More

SC decision on Anti-Terrorism Act ‘triumph’ for PH: Palace

MANILA – Malacañang on Tuesday welcomed the decision of the Supreme Court (SC) to junk the appeals to reconsider its December 7, 2021 ruling upholding the constitutionality of Republic Act 11479 or the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020.“We welcome the latest decision of the Supreme Court… Read More

ROBREDO DENIES LINK TO COMMUNISTS

No alliance with groups using violence to push agenda

Presidential candidate, Vice President Leni Robredo, on Thursday, said she would not ally with anyone using violence to push their agenda

.Robredo made the statement amid alleged efforts to red-tag her and her supporters.”Hindi ako makikipag-alyado sa kahit sinong gumagamit ng dahas… Read More

DOJ TO PROBE PALPARAN JAIL INTERVIEW

Jailed retired Army general Jovito Palparan denounced the extent of influence held by Communist terrorist groups over influential areas of Philippine society.

A taped interview of the rabidly anti-communist Palparan, 71, was shown Wednesday in a news program of SNMI television network.

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) said it will investigate why the interview held in the New Bilibid Prison was allowed by the Bureau of Correction (BuCor).

The former commanding general of the 7th Infantry Division in Central Luzon has a pending criminal case for allegedly kidnapping Raymond Manalo at the Malolos Regional Trial Court Branch 19, even as he is serving his sentence, pending his appeal before the Court of Appeals, on his conviction by the Malolos RTC Branch 15 for his involvement in the abduction of two suspected members of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) in Hagonoy, Bulacan.

On December 15, 2011, Palparan was indicted for two counts of kidnapping and serious illegal detention in connection with the abduction of still missing UP student activists, Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeño in 2006.

 DOJ officials said they are still waiting for the formal report of the Bureau of Corrections (Bucor) to explain if prison rules had been breached in the grant of an interview to Palparan.

“I have requested Bucor to submit a written (report) on the matter, they will comply,” said DOJ Undersecretary Deo Marco on Friday, echoing an earlier statement by Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra.

“As to grant of interviews, the rule is not clear. the court still has jurisdiction, but granting interviews may be considered an operational matter that Bucor may resolve by itself. We’ll check the existing Bucor operations manual,” Guevara said. 

Prior to his incarceration, Palparan represented the anti-communist party-list group Bantay in the House of Representatives.

SARA CREDITS AFP, PNP, PEACE 911 FOR DAVAO CITY’S SUCCESSFUL ANTI-INSURGENCY CAMPAIGN

Lawyer Elisa Evangelista-Lapina, right, then action officer of Peace 911 in 2018 discussing with tribal leaders of rebel-infested Paquibato District. a scheduled convergence of public services for the district. Evangelista-Lapina is now the municipal administrator of Santo Tomas, Davao del Norte, where she adopted Peace 911 as a major program of the administration of her father, Mayor Ernesto Evangelista.

DAVAO CITY  Mayor Sara Z. Duterte commended the efforts of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP), and Peace 911, for the successful dismantling of New People’s Army (NPA) Guerilla Front 55 (GF55) in Paquibato district here.

Also Read: THE DURIAN BEAT: SARA DUTERTE, EVANGELISTA-LAPINA & DAVAO PEACE 911

She enumerated the law enforcement units’ accomplishments against the communist insurgency during her virtual Valedictory and State of the City Address (SOCA) on Thursday.

“Even before the creation of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) in 2018, we already sought to address insurgency through a concrete local government program,” Duterte said.Read More

SECURITY ANALYST: Group pushing creation of ISIS-inspired “Islamic Emirate of the Philippines”

By ROGER M. BALANZA

National security analyst Rommel Banlaoi warned Mindanao-based Moro terrrist groups could be establishing an offspring of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the Philippines .

ISIS (now known as the Islamic State (IS) and Daesch in Arabic language), backed by local terrorist groups laid siege for five months in 2017 the Muslim city of Marawi in Southern Philippines before being defeated by government forces. The bloody siege killed more than a hundred civilians, policemen and soldiers with thousands fleeing the besieged city for safer grounds.

Bantaoi mentioned the possibility of the creation of the Islamic Emirate of the Philippines in a speech in Cebu City on Wednesday, March 16, wherein he  urged the security sector in the Visayan regions to be vigilant against threats of attacks by terrorist groups.

Banlaoi, in his speech as part of the celebration of the 34th founding anniversary of the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP) Visayas Command (Viscom) on March 29, said terrorist organizations in Mindanao are still capable of staging terror attacks, citing incidents occurring even after the Marawi siege.

He said a social media account that promoted the creation of the Islamic Emirate of the Philippines called for support and donations when a certain group advocated the return of the Islamic Emirate in Afghanistan.

“Terrorism in the Philippines is not disappearing. It is not disappearing because we have to understand terrorism in the Philippines in the context of our domestic security threats. Domestically, we have been experiencing prolonged internal armed conflict associated with communist rebellion initiated (and) led by the New People’s Army and Moro separatist group especially the Abu Sayyaf Group, the various factions of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, and other pro-ISIS elements now operating in the Philippines,” he said.

Banlaoi warned of different ways of perpetrating terror attacks which may be carried out using an aerial drone, “lone wolf” suicide bomber, car bombs, and even animal bombs. With PNA report

VISAYAS WARNED VS. ATTACKS FROM MINDANAO TERROR GROUPS

Security expert calls for vigilance vs. ‘constant’ terror threats

By ROGER M. BALANZA

National security analyst Rommel Bantaoi said the security sector in the Visayan regions must be vigilant against threats of attacks by terrorist groups.

Bantaoi in Cebu City on Wednesday, March 16, identified the terrorist groups as the communist New People’s Army (NPA) and Moro terror groups.

The security analyst warned of different ways of perpetrating terror attacks which may be carried out using an aerial drone, “lone wolf” suicide bomber, car bombs, and even animal bombs.

Banlaoi, who spoke during a “colloquium” as part of the celebration of the 34th founding anniversary of the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP) Visayas Command (Viscom) on March 29, said terrorist organizations in Mindanao are still capable of staging terror attacks, citing some incidents occurring even after the Marawi siege.

“Terrorism in the Philippines is not disappearing. It is not disappearing because we have to understand terrorism in the Philippines in the context of our domestic security threats. Domestically, we have been experiencing prolonged internal armed conflict associated with communist rebellion initiated (and) led by the New People’s Army and Moro separatist group especially the Abu Sayyaf Group, the various factions of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, and other pro-ISIS elements now operating in the Philippines,” he said. (With PNA report)