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.

By KC and LC

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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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53 IB Troops distributed slippers and school supplies at Subanen Elementary School

by : Fiftythird Infantry Matapat Battalion

“We go to mountains not only to find the enemy but also to bridge the gap of education at the farflung barangays”

Distribution of slippers and school supplies @ Brgy Lisson Valley, Pagadian City

 Fiftythird Infantry Matapat Battalion

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7 Soldiers from EastMinCom received Gallantry Award

by: Civil Relations Service AFP

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr. has conferred awards to seven officers and enlisted personnel in Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) for their bravery.

Galvez visited Eastmincom in Naval Station Felix Apolinario, Panacan, Davao City Monday, June 4.

First Lt. Francis Hernaez of 66th Infantry Battalion was given with Gold Cross Medal for his gallantry in action during an encounter against the New People’s Army (NPA) in New Bataan, Compostela Valley Province on January 20.

Capt. Nilo Ramones Jr., 1Lt. Joesepher Ansay, and SSg. Forferio Barotas received the Silver Cross Medal Award “for acts of heroism not involving directly with the threat group but involving risk of life which led to the capture of NPA terrorists,” Eastmincom said.

Galvez also awarded the Military Merit Medal to three personnel for their combat accomplishments.

1Lt. Jayson Pariñas was awarded for his meritorious act during a firefight with the NPA in Kitaotao, Bukidnon on May 10; Cpl. Mescach Aynaga, for his individual act of gallantry when his group encountered the rebels on December 2, 2017 at Lake Sebu, South Cotabato during a combat patrol; and Cpl. Nurhan Palias, for his act of gallantry during the encounter in Montevista, Compostela Valley Province.34794707_1944036788948369_1616948457006694400_n (1)

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AFP holds 8th Regional Youth Leadership Summit (RYLS)

By: Paulynne DelaCruz

General Headquarters, Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo, QC – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) organizes the 8th RYLS – National Capital Region (NCR) that will take place on May 25-27, 2018 at Joint Task Force – NCR Headquarters.

Youth Leadership Summit (YLS) is an annual event by the AFP designed to equip the Filipino youth in promoting and upholding good citizenry. It further seeks to mold them in leadership, peace, nationalism, cultural sensitivity, among others which are significant factors in pursuit of national stability and development.

“NCR Youth, United for Peace”, as this year’s theme is aiming towards ending cultural and spiritual boundaries between Christianity and Islam, as well as deepen the understanding of their beliefs in bringing them to one accord. For this reason, the 8th RYLS will be attended by 70 participants, divided accordingly to Christian and Muslim influences, who are ages 18-22 years old residing in NCR.

Further, the 8th RYLS include lectures on the roles of youth in advocating for leadership, security threat assessment, and cultural and religious consciousness. This is also an avenue to gather together equally talented and skillful young minds and develop esprit de corps among them through team-building activities.

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his activity is spearheaded by Joint Task Force – NCR and 7th Civil Relations Group in collaboration with other AFP units, Youth for Peace and Development Movement Philippines, National Youth Commission, NCR Police Office, Department of Interior and Local Government Unit, Bureau of Plant Industry, Rotary Club of Pasong Tamo, Teach Peace Build Peace, and Calriger Technologies.

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Maute terror group sniper, Arrested

Maute sniper arrested in Quezon City.
Unday Macadatu being a notorious sniper of the Maute terror group was arrested after months of hiding and resting in Metro Manila. He was listed 509th in the Martial Law General Order Number 1 which calls for the apprehension of personalities involved in Marawi seige.

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