‘Hijab troopers’ go nationwide

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TAGUIG CITY, December 12, 2018 — The “Hijab Troopers” program of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will be implemented nationwide after the successful deployment during the Marawi siege last year.

Colonel Romeo Brawner Jr., Head of the Civil Military Operations (CMO) Regiment, said the women in uniform will be deployed in core areas in the National Capital Region, namely CAMANAVA (Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela City) and Maharlika Village, to provide cultural and psychosocial services in urban communities.

Kung gusto niyong ipagpatuloy ang trabaho ninyo as Hijab Troopers, mayroon tayong isang kumpanya na organic sa CMO Regiment and we are still continuing the type of work that we are doing in Marawi City,” Brawner told around 50 Hijab Troopers during the recognition program held for them on Monday.

(If you want to continue your tasks as Hijab Troopers, we have an organic company in the CMO Regiment available for you. We are still continuing the type of work that we are doing in Marawi City.)

The Hijab Troopers were each given a Military Merit Medal by Philippine Army Commanding General Macairog Alberto.

In her keynote message, Undersecretary Diosita Andot from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process seconded Brawner’s encouragement.

“My bias ako towards women empowerment, so I encourage you to accept Colonel Brawner’s challenge,” she said.

“As women in uniform, you are already in the task of peacekeeping. At alam ko na with the job that you are doing within the internally displaced peoples’ (IDP) camps nagagawa niyo na rin ‘yong peacemaking and peacebuilding,” Andot added.

(As women in uniform, you are already in the task of peacekeeping. But I know that with the job you are doing in the IDP camps, you can also do peacemaking and peacebuilding as well.)

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‘Hijab troopers’ go nationwide

TAGUIG CITY, December 12, 2018 — The “Hijab Troopers” program of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will be implemented nationwide after the successful deployment during the Marawi siege last year.

Colonel Romeo Brawner Jr., Head of the Civil Military Operations (CMO) Regiment, said the women in uniform will be deployed in core areas in the National Capital Region, namely CAMANAVA (Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela City) and Maharlika Village, to provide cultural and psychosocial services in urban communities.

Kung gusto niyong ipagpatuloy ang trabaho ninyo as Hijab Troopers, mayroon tayong isang kumpanya na organic sa CMO Regiment and we are still continuing the type of work that we are doing in Marawi City,” Brawner told around 50 Hijab Troopers during the recognition program held for them on Monday.

(If you want to continue your tasks as Hijab Troopers, we have an organic company in the CMO Regiment available for you. We are still continuing the type of work that we are doing in Marawi City.)

The Hijab Troopers were each given a Military Merit Medal by Philippine Army Commanding General Macairog Alberto.

In her keynote message, Undersecretary Diosita Andot from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process seconded Brawner’s encouragement.

“My bias ako towards women empowerment, so I encourage you to accept Colonel Brawner’s challenge,” she said.

“As women in uniform, you are already in the task of peacekeeping. At alam ko na with the job that you are doing within the internally displaced peoples’ (IDP) camps nagagawa niyo na rin ‘yong peacemaking and peacebuilding,” Andot added.

(As women in uniform, you are already in the task of peacekeeping. But I know that with the job you are doing in the IDP camps, you can also do peacemaking and peacebuilding as well.)

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Arevalo: Indigenous leaders in Talaingod belie claims by Satur Ocampo’s camp

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By Francis Wakefield

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Spokesman Brig. Gen. Edgard Arevalo Sunday said that no less than indigenous leaders in Talaingod, Davao del Norte, have belied claims made by former Bayan Muna Partylist Representative Satur Ocampo’s camp that they were just rescuing children, including 14 minors, which were found inside their vans during a checkpoint.

Marine Colonel Edgard Arevalo (MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

In an interview over radio station DZRH, Arevalo said no less than Datu Andigao Agay and municipal executive tribal chieftain Bae Pilar Libayao already made statements belyingthe claims by Ocampo and ACT Party-list teacher’s Rep. France Castro that they were just on a humanitarian mission in Talaingod.

“Mabuting linawin lamang po natin ‘yung sinasabi nila na what they did actually was to rescue these children, and in particular teachers as well. Ang sinasabi po diyan ng myembro mismo nitong tinatawag na Indigenous People representative ito pong si Bai Pilar…at saka itong si Datu Agay na isa sa mga tribal leaders dun sa Talaingod. Sinasabi po nila na ano ang tinatawag nilang rescue samantalang wala namang gyera sa bundok? [It’s best we clear things up that what they did actually was to rescue these children, and in particular teachers as well. What the members of Indigenous People representative Bai Pilar.. and Datu Agay who is one of the tribe leaders in Talaingod, said what rescue are they talking about considering that there is no war in the mountain?],” Arevalo said.

“Ikawala, paano po nila sasabihing inire-rescue ang mga bata na tinangay nila na wala naman pong permisong kaukulan buhat sa kanilang magulang [Second, how can they say they are rescuing the children which they took without permission from their parents],” he added.

Arevalo said what triggered the more intensified checkpoint operation was the report received by authorities that the children were missing with their parents looking for them.

Datu Andigao Agay and Bae Pilar Libayao earlier confronted Ocampo’s group and complained why they brought the children along with them without the permission of the tribe. They added that the situation in their area is normal or peaceful.

Capt. Erick Wynmer F. Calulot, the Public Information Officer of the Army’s 1003rd Brigade, earlier said that based on information they received, the group under Ocampo was on board five vans when they were stopped past 9 p.m. Wednesday, by members of the PNP Talaingod supported by Army units after it was found out during a random checkpoint that the convoy of five vans held minor children who came from different parts of Mindanao and was headed to an unknown destination.

He said the incident was confirmed by the social welfare and development officer of Talaingod.

Further inspection revealed the group was composed of minors ages 14 to 17, prompting the PNP to coordinate with the local government’s Social Welfare and Development Office who profiled the group and rescued the minors.

Further inspection also revealed that the group composed of 74 persons of which 10 are teachers who belong to ACT Party-list and are teachers of Salugpongan Ta ‘Tanu Igkanugon Learning Center whose main campus is located in Sitio Dulyan, Brgy..Palma Gil, Talaingod, Davao .Del Norte.

Calulot said some of the children who were from the area were already taken by their parents to their homes. As for the others who are not from the area, coordination is already being made by the local government to inform their relatives as to the children’s whereabouts.

Capt. Jerry Lamosao, Public Affairs Office chief of the Army’s 10th Infantry Division, said the 14 minors came from different parts of Mindanao , mostly from Talaingod, Davao del Norte. The others came from Zamboanga del Sur, Bukidnon and Sultan Kudarat.

Lamosao said from Barangay Igang Palma Gil, Talaingod, Davao del Norte, Ocampo’s group was reportedly on their way to Maku, Compostela Valley province, when they stopped at a checkpoint.

He said that aside from Ocampo who is currently Bayan Muna president and Castro, the administrator of Salugpongan Ta ‘Tanu Igkanugon Learning Center identified as Miggy Nolasco, other staff members of ACT Party-list group, pastors of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) Davao and other personalities were also present.

Angry tribal leaders

Meanwhile, angry tribal leaders and residents from the municipality condemned Ocampo’s group and stormed the PNP station where the group is located, demanding that Ocampo leave the area and not take their children.

The municipality of Talaingod through its mayor, Basilio A. Libayao already passed a resolution earlier declaring their condemnation of any of the group’s activities and presence in their municipalities.

Likewise, the tribal leaders of the municipality headed by Datu Guibang Apoga, who earlier defected from the group, already made a resolution declaring that they do not want the said Salugpongan schools in their ancestral domain as the schools served as recruitment centers for the Communist New People’s Army Terrorists (CNTs), he revealed.

Both the Indigenous People’s Mandatory Rep. Bae Pilar Libayao and the provincial National Commission of Indigenous People’s made resolutions for the closure of the Salugpongan schools for the same reasons as Datu Apoga mentioned.

Calulot said the 14 minors are now being taken care by the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office of the town.

Meanwhile. Ocampo’s group is currently at the Tlaingod Davao del Norte Municipal Police Station.

Reports added that Ocampo, Castro and 17 others were formally charged Thursday by the Talaingod PNP for violating Republic Act 7610 or “Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act” for transporting at 14 minors from Talaingod, Davao del Norte to a still unknown location.

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12 NPA organizers surrender in Lanao del Sur

12 NPA organizers surrender in Lanao del Sur

Twelve (12) members of the Communist NPA Terrorists (CNT) organizing group formed by the Semi Legal Team Guerilla Front 12, North Central Mindanao Regional Committee, surrender to the troops of the 82nd Infantry Battalion under the Joint Task Force Ranao in the hinterlands of Kapai and Tagoloan all of Lanao del Sur yesterday (November 26).

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Panelo: Troop deployment not prelude to national martial law

Panelo: Troop deployment not prelude to national martial law

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Malacañang has allayed fears of government’s critics that President Rodrigo Duterte’s new order deploying more troops to parts of the country supposedly to suppress lawless violence was a prelude to nationwide martial law.

In a television interview, Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo said Duterte was just enforcing the law against “lawless violence and acts of terror,” which have become rampant in some areas.

“If it’s martial law, it’s a different thing. You will remember that martial law has been declared for over a year in Mindanao and the people there are in fact in support of it; that archbishop there made a statement in support of it. They are not complaining,” Panelo said in an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel.

“In fact, there had been no reported abuses from the military, this is a different martial law. It’s strictly enforcing the law against lawless violence, against acts of terrorism,” he said.

Duterte, through Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, issued Memorandum Order (MO) 32 directing the deployment of more soldiers and policemen to Samar, Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental and Bicol Region to “suppress lawless violence and acts of terror.”

The memorandum reinforces guidelines for the implementation of a national emergency on account of lawless violence, which was issued in 2016 after the blast in Davao City that killed at least 14 people.

But government critics fear that the President’s order is “an apparent prelude to a nationwide martial law declaration.”

“This is the same scenario that was played before in Mindanao. First, there was a denial, then came the declaration of a state of emergency citing lawless violence and, eventually, declaration of martial law on the island, which is being floated to be extended again,” Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Zarate said in a statement.

Rep. Antonio Tinio of Act Teachers suspects that sending more soldiers to the southern provinces only aims to show that the “so-called state of lawless violence in
Mindanao has now spread to Luzon and Visayas” and that this could be considered as “taking another step toward the declaration of martial law nationwide.”

Anakpawis Rep. Ariel Casilao agreed with his colleagues and called on the “Filipino people to oppose Duterte’s attempt to impose a nationwide martial law.”

But Panelo insisted that Duterte’s deployment order was meant to provide the needed “support” for local government units, “not take over” the provinces.

“If the civilian government cannot handle it, then there’s a need for support. And even if they can handle it, there’s a need for support coming from the PNP (Philippine National Police). That’s exactly the job of the PNP and the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines), to suppress lawless violence,” he said.

In a separate statement, the Palace official enumerated incidents of lawless violence in the deployment areas in the past months that prompted Duterte to issue MO 32.
Panelo said these incidents include “killing and ambush of uniformed personnel, attacks on police stations, torching and destruction of equipment, the massacre of civilians and murders of local officials.”

In Samar, he cited the ambush of soldiers providing relief to victims of a typhoon, an armed attack at the police station in Lapinig, an ambush attack against the 63rd Infantry Battalion in Matuguinao and an assault on the former mayor of San Jose de Buan.

“We have also witnessed acts of lawlessness in the province of Negros Oriental such as, but not limited to, torching of heavy equipment in Manjuyod, strafing of the house of the barangay [village] chairman, attack on police detachments and the killing of a police chief on separate occasions in Guihulngan,” Panelo said.

In the province of Negros Occidental, he noted the attack against the 62nd Infantry Battalion while conducting clearing and combat operations in preparation for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections in Kabankalan and the massacre of the nine farmers in Sagay.

Meanwhile, in the Bicol Region, the Palace official cited instances of lawless violence that include the ambush of a convoy of Food and Drug Administration Director-General Nela Charade Puno in Camarines Sur, firefights in Lagonoy and a clash in Bato, among others.

Panelo, also Duterte’s chief legal counsel, explained that MO 32 is in accordance with the President’s Proclamation 55, which declared a state of national emergency on account of lawless violence and ordered the police and military not just to suppress lawless violence in Mindanao but also to prevent them from spreading and escalating elsewhere in the country.

“The order reflects the President’s assurance to our people that authorities will continue respecting and giving due regard to the constitutional rights of all individuals while it is in place. Civil and political rights, as well as all existing rules and applicable jurisprudence during a state of national emergency, shall remain observed by agents of the AFP and PNP,” he said.

“All these measures are being undertaken pursuant to the constitutional command to the President to serve and protect the people,” the Palace official added.

Duterte placed the entire Mindanao under martial law in May last year amid clashes between government troops and the Islamic State-inspired Maute group and Abu Sayyaf in Marawi City.

Congress later granted Duterte’s request to extend martial law up to December this year even after Marawi had been freed from the terrorists’ presence on Oct.17, 2017.

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Building a Better Society Through Youth Leadership Summit

Youth Society is like an organism, an individual is a cell. If cells are good organism it is good naturally. With this premise, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) believe that young people is like a good organism and or plant that when you cultivate, prune, and water it, they will grow naturally.

Through the years your AFP engages the youth sector through the YOUTH LEADERSHIP SUMMIT (YLS). This summit is an avenue for the AFP and Philippine National Police and other agencies to cascade their peace and development advocacies, likewise deepening nationalism and promoting responsible citizenry.

On May 25-30 2018, the Joint Task Force National Capital Region, Armed Forces of the Philippines (JTFNCR, AFP) through 7th Civil Relations Group, Civil Relations Service Armed Forces of the Philippines (7th CRG, CRSAFP) facilitated the 8th Regional Youth Leadership Summit (RYLS) composed of 63 Youth Leaders from the 15 cities and 1 municipality of Metro Manila.

RYLS’ prime objectives were to promote sensitivity in cultural and religious differences and building the culture of peace to sustain development in our society.49 Christians and 14 Muslims youth leaders participated in the training. Our Muslim brothers and sister while observing Ramadan, established rapport and harmonized relationship with the majority.

This training opened the door to a unique and remarkable training experience of our Youth Leaders extending acceptance, respect and understanding on the differences on culture and religious beliefs. Aside from the lectures provided, team building activities indeed mold and deepen their leadership skills and potentials while being sensitive and respectful to others’ perception and practices.

Thinking of it as a small society where the Christians are the majority and Muslims are the minority represents the whole of the Philippines where people are dynamic as well as the cultures, traditions and beliefs but it is never impossible to work together with unity because after all we are all Filipinos.

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Army deploys more troops for Marawi rehabilitation

Army deploys more troops for Marawi rehabilitation

The Philippine Army deployed additional troops to augment its initiatives in the ongoing rehabilitation efforts of war-devastated Marawi City.

The 12th Civil-Military Operation Battalion, Philippine Army along with “Hijab” troopers left Manila after a send-off ceremony at Villamor Air Base, Pasay City on Thursday, June 21, 2018.

The additional troops will be placed under operational control of the Joint Task Force Ranao.

The 12th Civil-Military Operation Battalion consists 105 soldiers troopers will be tasked to assist Joint Task Force Ranao in establishing a safe and secured environment to give way for the recovery, reconstruction, and rehabilitation (RRR) efforts undertaken by Task Force Bangon Marawi.

The said soldiers will also be tasked to focus in addressing the recruitment, exploitation of the youth, and espoused violent extremism undertaken by remnants of the ISIS-Maute terrorist group.

The 25 “Hijab” troopers will be tasked to help local government units and other concerned agencies in facilitating the needs and requirements of internally displaced persons, conduct peace education and psycho-social intervention in support of Joint Task Force Ranao’s civil-military operations.

They were called “Hijab Troopers”, because they wore Hijab head covers as a symbol of being one with the Muslim women and as a sign of respect for the Maranao communities.

“The Philippine Army will remain steadfast in performing its mandate, to serve the people and in securing the land. Despite of the prevailing security challenges, we will keep our word to support and extend our very best for the immediate recovery of Marawi,” said Philippine Army spokesperson Lt. Col. Louie Villanueva.

The 12th Civil Military Operations Battalion, together with additional Hijab Troopers arrived on the same day at the Laguindingan Airport, Cagayan De Oro City.

They soldiers were received by Col. Romeo Brawner, Deputy Commander of Joint Task Force Ranao.

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