‘NPAs may drive away investors’

CAGAYAN Gov. Manuel Mamba expressed concern over the “unfriendly” activities of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) recently which may shoo away investors helping to boost the province’s economy.

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Mamba’s apprehension stemmed from the burning of heavy equipment of Manila-based multinational DDT Konstract in Barangay Dungeg, Santa Teresita town last Saturday.

“It is saddening that these rebels are causing violence which may bring fear among patriotic investors who wanted so much to help uplift the standard of living among Cagayanos,” he said.

Mamba said DDT Konstract, owned by Danilo Tamayo, has invested billions of pesos in projects relating to food security, particularly in fisheries, and employing more than 300 residents from Santa Teresita, Buguey and Gonzaga towns.

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AFP and PNP strengthen ties in face of threat groups

The police and the military agreed on Monday to further strengthen their collaborative efforts in the investigation and prosecution of leaders of threat groups, as the country grapples with the problem of terrorism.

Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald M. dela Rosa and Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Eduardo M. Año signed the resolution creating the Inter-Agency Committee on Legal Action (Iacla) during the 20th Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)-PNP National Joint Peace and Security Council (JPSC) Meeting at Camp Crame.

https://businessmirror.com.ph/afp-and-pnp-strengthen-ties-in-face-of-threat-groups/

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4 NPA rebels surrender in Sultan Kudarat

FOUR New People’s Army (NPA) rebels have surrendered to the military, authorities reported on Sunday, October 8. The Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) identified them as Beboy Flang Mek, Arjohn Dang Blagan, Osing Samandal Kuyan, and Robert Panday Balabagan, all members of the Myphone Platoon, Guerrilla Front (GF) 73. They also turned over two M-16 Armalite and Ak-47 rifles when they surrendered last Friday, October 5, to the troops in the village of Titulok, Bagumbayan, Sultan Kudarat. The GF 73 led by a certain Ka Mommy, Ka Decay or Ka Wada operates mainly in the joint area of operations of the Eastern Mindanao Command, particularly in the towns of Banga, Surallah, Norala, Tantangan, T’boli, Sto. Nino, and Lake Sebu, all in South Cotabato, and in Maitum, Kiamba, Maasim, all in Sarangani province.

http://www.sunstar.com.ph/zamboanga/local-news/2017/10/08/4-npa-rebels-surrender-sultan-kudarat-568404

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Duterte: No more talks with communist group

PRESIDENT Duterte yesterday said he no longer wants to talk peace with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front of the Philippines (CPP-NPA-NDFP).

He said the communist group may have to wait for another president for peace negotiations.

“At this stage, I am not ready to talk to them (CPP-NPA-NDFP) because it is not good for the country… the way that it is now, ayaw ko (I don’t like) and maybe it would take some time to, maybe another president, to do it,” Duterte said at the Army’s change of command ceremony in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.

http://www.malaya.com.ph/business-news/news/duterte-no-more-talks-communist-group?qt-quicktabs_latest=1

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17 Maute group hostages rescued in Marawi —Lorenzana

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Wednesday said 17 civilians held captive by the Maute group in Marawi City have been rescued by government troops.

Lorenzana said the rescued hostages include nine males and eight females, with ages ranging from 18 to 75.

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/628236/17-maute-group-hostages-rescued-in-marawi-lorenzana/story/

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Rody visits Marawi for 6th time

By Alexis Romero

MANILA, Philippines — President Duterte yesterday visited Marawi City for the sixth time to witness the unveiling of shelters for the residents displaced by the clashes between government forces and terrorists.

The construction of shelters was part of the “Bahay Pag-asa” project initiated by the Tarlac Heritage Foundation, one of the private groups helping the government rebuild the battle-ravaged city.

Recipients of the shelter would be part of a “green community,” which has solar panels to enable occupants to use appliances and equipment like electric fans, radios and mobile phones.

“We have to finish it otherwise the next generation would inherit this (problem),” Duterte said.

After the event, Duterte visited the troops fighting the Maute terrorists and distributed goods like sunglasses and watches.

More than 900 people have died since the Marawi siege started when the Maute group attacked the city last May 23.

Malacañang also welcomed the holding of a mass at Saint Mary’s Cathedral last Sunday, the first since the crisis erupted.

The cathedral is one of the areas occupied by the Maute terrorists.

“Saint Mary’s Cathedral had been damaged during the siege of the city; and the terrorist group posted propaganda video of their desecration of the cathedral’s religious images,” presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said.

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http://www.philstar.com:8080/headlines/2017/10/03/1745067/rody-visits-marawi-6th-time

The 4th National Youth Leadership Summit

Your Armed Forces of the Philippines through 7th Civil Relations Group, Civil Relations Service, Armed Forces of the Philippines and other peace partner agencies will conduct the 4th National Youth Leadership Summit (NYLS) on October 23-28, 2017 at Bahay Bakasyunan Resort and Conference Center, Tanay Rizal. This year’s NYLS theme is “Youth Leaders, Working towards Greater Change”. Through this summit, we can further solidify the youth’s support and commitment to nation building and development of our country.

This annual summit is a gathering of youth leaders where your AFP and other agencies can interact with the youth to know what has happened all throughout the year. Aside from the lectures, workshops and team-building activities given to them, it is always a venue to extract good ideas and leadership strategies. This year’s vision is to further develop management capabilities and organizational sustainment of these empowered youth leaders of our nation who are one of the key players and benefactors of development and nation building.

The YLS is conducted through various levels, from national down to, regional, provincial, municipal, and even the barangay level. Today, the conduct of YLS marks its 14th year, through the help of your AFP, the YLS family continues to grow every year. The AFP wants every youth to be a part of the YLS family/graduates for it teaches not only leadership, but it also teaches peace, positivity, and how to be a good and effective citizen. So, to all youth for peace and development, See you soon!

Maute Group now less than 50, resistance has become ‘weaker’ —AFP

THE number of ISIS-inspired Maute Group members fighting in Marawi City has dwindled to less than 50, a military official said on Sunday.

Joint Task Force Ranao deputy commander Col. Romero Brawner said the terrorist group’s resistance has also become weaker even as the government failed to meet its Sept. 30 target announced by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana for ending the Marawi siege.

“Not yet. Not today,” Brawner said.

A mass was held on Sunday at the Saint Mary’s Cathedral for the first time since the Maute group attacked the city four months ago.

“Today [Sunday] is also the feast of St. Therese, one of the patron saints of the military. So we arealso seeking divine blessing so we can end this conflict as soon as possible,” Brawner said.

A total of 749 members of the Maute group have been killed by government troops since the start of the conflict, while 155 security forces were slain in action.

Last week, Lorenzana assured Maute members planning to surrender that they will not be killed if they decide to yield themselves.

“We will not kill people who are surrendering. Our soldiers are not murderers,” Lorenzana said.

He said Lanao del Sur Rep. Mauyag Papandayan, chairman of the House Committee on Muslim Affairs, told him during the Marawi briefing that there were Maute members who have sent surrender feelers.

http://manilastandard.net/news/national/248323/maute-group-now-less-than-50-resistance-has-become-weaker-afp.html

Troops hear Mass as Marawi fighting wanes

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The war in Marawi City has waned, a military commander said on Sunday, allowing government troops to hear Mass for the first time since the battle with the IS-linked Maute group erupted more than four months ago.

No new casualties were reported on this day, although the military continued to operate in the capital of Lanao del Sur, carefully clearing the area of improvised explosive devices (IED) left behind by fleeing Maute members.

“Our operations continue but so far, there is no change to our casualty figures,” Col. Romeo Brawner, deputy commander of Joint Task Group Ranao, said in an interview on Sunday. Asked if the war would end Sunday, Sept. 30, as had been expected. “No, it will not end by [Sunday],” he replied.

Brawner said, however, resistance from the enemy was “waning,” compared with its strength in the early days of the fighting that first erupted on May 23 when Islamist extremists sought to establish an independent state.

WORSHIP RESUMES Holy Mass is offered for the first time at the badly damaged St. Mary’s Cathedral inside the war-torn city of Marawi since fighting broke out on May 23. About 300 government troops battling Maute terrorists assisted in the Eucharist. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

That “act of rebellion” had prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law in Mindanao, which Congress extended until December.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana acknowledged the fierceness of the war could not simply end by virtue of a deadline, saying it might drag on further.

“Marawi City’s complete liberation from pro-ISIS Maute terrorists is not going to happen on September 30,” he said.

“The fierce war for Marawi that has raged for over four months may still drag on for 10 to 15 days,” Lorenzana said in an interview on radio dzBB on Saturday.

This is not the first time that the government has set deadlines to the ongoing clashes in Marawi City.

Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr., Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) commander, said the war would be over in August while Lorenzana said it would end in September.

Based on the latest figures released by the military, the war has claimed the lives of 749 Maute members, 155 soldiers and 47 civilians. Recovered were 714 firearms.

About 300 government troops and officers attended the Mass held at the St. Mary’s Cathedral inside the war-torn city.

Among the ranking officials present were Maj. Gen. Danilo Pamonag, commander of Tak Force Trident; Maj. Gen. Rolando Bautista, commander of the Army’s 1st Infantry Division; and Brig. Gen. Melquiades Ordiales Jr., commander of Joint Task Group Tiger.

Brawner said the Mass was held since it was also the feast day of St. Therese, the patron saint of the military.

“So, the Mass was held since we are asking for blessings so that this war would be over soon and that our troops would be safe,” he said.

Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian visited the troops in Marawi on Sunday and pledged to help in releasing the budget for its rehabilitation

Gatchalian is chairman of the Senate committee on economic development in charge with the rehabilitation of Marawi City.

“He (Gatchalian) visited the IDPs (internally displaced persons) and came here to find out how he can help further with the rehabilitation,” Brawner said.

He said that aside from Marawi, there were also IDPs at Kagiaran, Lanao del Norte.

Galvez met Gatchalian, who joined soldiers in a boodlefight at the WestMinCom.

Troops hear Mass as Marawi fighting wanes