Army troopers hot on the trail of the suspected New People’s Army rebels behind the massacre ambush in Barangay Puso, La Castellana town stumbled on an empty encampment believed to have been occupied by the fleeing NPA rebels.
Col. Oscar Lactao, 303rd Brigade commander said that one section from the 3rd Scout Ranger Company of the 1st Scout Ranger Battalion discovered the said empty encampment in Barangay Humay Humay, Guihulngan, Negros Oriental during the weekend.
The said encampment is believed to have been occupied by more or less 30 NPA rebels for about two weeks ago.
A former rebel, Gregorio Taburada, alias Elmo, 46, married, of Sitio Avocado, Brgy. Talalak, Santa Catalina, Negros Oriental, was reportedly shot to death by his 3 former comrades in the movement.
According to 1Lt Erick Wynmer Calulot, Civil Military Operation (CMO) officer of 79th Infantry Masaligan Battalion, the incident happened earlier before the eve of all Saints Day.
New People’s Army rebels in Negros Oriental are avoiding armed confrontation with the government troops in the area, according to Col. Francisco Patrimonio, commander of the 302nd Brigade based in Tanjay, Negros Oriental.
The 302nd Brigade of the Philippine Army headed by Patrimonio hosted over the weekend in Sibulan town, Negros Oriental, a fellowship activity between the members of Negros Occidental media and their counterparts in Negros Oriental.
Six members of the New Peoples Army (NPA) recently surrendered to the Army in Negros Oriental, while 2 were captured-- bringing the total to 42 since January this year.
A news release from the 302nd Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army in Negros Oriental revealed these yesterday.
There is an "exodus of surrenders" by NPA rebels in the southern part of Negros Oriental, according to the report of 79th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army, stationed in Brgty. 4, Siation, Negros Oriental.
According to Capt. Anecito Naz, acting public information officer of f 79th IB, for the first week of August 2012 alone, there were five (5) NPA rebels who surrendered to their unit. They were: Pantaleon Palopalo, 45 years old, resident of Sitio Katubohan; Crisabel Bantoto, 37 years old, resident of Sitio Salingkubong; Ramsy Cabanag, 19 years old, resident of Sitio Biasong; Jomarie Bantoto, 37 years old, resident of Sitio Salingkubong all of Brgy. Tayak, in Siaton. However, the name of the fifth former rebel (FR) was withheld for security reasons. Capt Naz said, this was the trend since the unit arrived in 2008 wherein the strength of the NPAs in the said area is totaling ninety (90) armed members deployed in four (4) platoons operating in the hinterlands of 2nd and 3rd District of the province. This reduced to twenty six (26) as of this date. Only one platoon is left operating in the hinterland boundaries of Sta Catalina and Siaton in the southern part of the province.
Sixteen out-of-school youths in Tanjay City, Negros Oriental are benefitting from the Basic Literacy Program (BLP) of the 302nd Infantry Brigade, Philippine Army linked with the Alternative Learning System (ALS) of the Department of Education (DepEd), under Mrs. Aida Bongcasan, ALS Supervisor.
Nine soldiers from the 11th and 79th Infantry Battalions are working closely with the mobile teachers of DepEd in Tanjay City.
Three innocent civilians were able to escape death when fired upon by alleged NPA members, at Sitio Magpiong, Brgy. Milagrosa, Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental, last Sunday, June 29.
1Lt Erick Wynmer Calulot, civil military operations officer (CMO), 79th IB reported in a press release, that the supposed victim was a certain Macbeth Villarosa Carnero, 31, resident of Brgy.Milag-rosa, Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental, identified as a member of CAFGU under the 12th Infantry Brigade, Philippine Army.
The first successful Bantay Bayanihan regional level was launched the other day at Bethel Guest House, Dumaguete City with Lieutenant General Emmanuel T Bautista, Commanding General of the Philippine Army as guest of honor and speaker.
The Bantay Bayanihan is a civil society led initiative that started last year by a core group of selected personalities from the academe and civil society organizations. It aims to create an oversight body over the armed forces, including defense and security policies. This initiative intends to insure that the principles of Human Rights, International Humanitarian Law, as well as the values of accountability and good governance are embedded in the operations of the AFP. It serves as a "dialogue space" to encourage civil society debate and citizen’s awareness of and engagement with defense and reform issues. Dr. Jennifer Santiago- Oreta, convenor of the Working Group Security Sector Reform said, the military action is not enough to address the multi faceted security problems. Hence, there is a need for a concerted efforts and convergence of all stakeholders to finally put an end to the problems in insurgency by 2016 through peaceful means under the IPSP Bayanihan.
The colorful Canlaon City 45th Charter Day celebration today will feature the motocross riding competition/ showdown at the Canlaon City race track. It will be a memorable day with a variety of activities which starts with a grand parade this morning.
Canlaon City Mayor Jimmy Clerego (left) and Vice Mayor Jose Chubasco Cardenas (right) inviting all to witness their 45th Charter Anniversary Celebration. 1st District of Negros Oriental Rep. Jocelyn "Josy" Limkaichong is one of their invited guests and they expect more officials from different towns and cities to witness the celebration of their Charter Anniversary. The incumbent 1st district Congresswoman of Negros Oriental is a contender for the Gubernatorial race in Negros Oriental during the 2013 national and local Elections.*(Babes Gantalao photo)
Main venue of the celebration will be the Canlaon City Public Plaza where a host of activities will unfold starting with the opening program, where recognition and a general rehearsal of the 45th Charter Day presentation in the afternoon will give local residents and visitors a preview of the most-awaited celebration to be followed by the DEPED Cultural show.
Eight military personnel from the Army’s 302 Brigade, 11th and 79th Infantry Battalions who recently graduated from the Alternative Learning System (ALS) Trainors Training being conducted by the ALS coordinators and mobile teachers of DepEd, Tanjay City Division have undergone immersion in the hinterland area of Barangay Sta. Cruz Nuevo, Tanjay City.
Alternative Learning System (ALS) Trainors of the Army’s 302 Brigade conducted identification and proper pronunciation of the "Alphabetong Pilipino" to students of Basic Literacy Program (BLP) at Sitio Oway-oway, Barangay Sta. Cruz Nuevo, Tanjay City, Negros Oriental, recently.*
Sixteen less-privileged and illiterate persons of Sitio Oway-oway of Barangay Sta. Cruz Nuevo, almost 10 kilometers away from the Barangay proper were taught on Basic Literacy Program (BLP) by the newly graduated ALS Trainors of the Philippine Army.