Rebel attack in Davao City sparks ‘word war’

DAVAO CITY – It’s a war of words and insults now between the New People’s Army and presidential daughter and current mayor of Davao City, Sara Duterte-Carpio who branded the communist rebel group as “stupid and bumbling idiots” after calling her a “hypocrite”. The rebels recently attacked a factory of the Lapanday Foods Corporation owned by the wealthy Lorenzo family in Davao City and shot one of its security guards and wounded a civilian; and accused the company of land grabbing and exploitation of its workers. Carpio, who strongly condemned the attack, said it was an act of terrorism and a personal insult. Restituto Baguer, a spokesman for the “Pambangsang Katipunan ng mga Magbubukid” allied with the rebel group, accused Carpio of being a hypocrite, saying his husband, lawyer Mans Carpio works as a legal counsel for the Lapanday Foods Corporation. He also tagged the mayor as a spokesperson and defender for Lapanday Foods Corporation. “It is understandable that Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte (Carpio) views the May 29 NPA’s punitive action in the city as an “act of terrorism” against the Lorenzos, given that her husband, Atty. Mans Carpio, is a legal counsel of the Lorenzo-owned Lapanday Foods Corp. We can only expect that a GRP local chief executive who has vested interest in the companies of a land grabbing comprador-landlord to be the latter’s spokesperson and defender,” Baguer said. He added that Carpio was silent when armed men allegedly working for Lapanday Foods Corporation shot and wounded 9 farmers at a banana plantation last December in nearby Tagum City in Davao del Norte province. And even appointed Senior Superintendent Alexander Tagum, then the provincial police chief of North Cotabato as Davao City police chief despite his alleged human rights abuses. “Sara Duterte hardly made noise when Lapanday’s armed goons opened fire and wounded nine unarmed civilian peasants three days after the latter’s land occupation of the land grabbed Lapanday banana plantation in Tagum City last December. Duterte also supported the appointment of Superintendent Alexander Tagum as Davao City Police Chief, the same fascist police officer who led the massacre of barricading El Niño victims in Kidapawan City in April last year,” Baguer said. “Thus, for Sara Duterte to claim the NPA’s assault in the Lorenzo-owned businesses in Davao City a “personal insult,” is not only hypocritical but downright self-serving. Nothing can be farther from the truth when she scored the NPA as a group that pretends to champion social justice and equality. For peasants around the region, the NPA’s series of raids in Lapanday’s plants in Mandug and Bunawan, and ranch in Pangyan, Calinan (also in Davao City) is a fitting retributive action by a true people’s army against a greedy feudal lord and capitalist,” he added. Inday Sara retaliates Carpio, known for her feisty character, said she and husband are separate entities and do not discuss their jobs to each other, but are only committed to work for their own family. “My husband and I are separate entities. In fact, we do not discuss the job that we chose to do, we just commit to sincerely work and earn money for the benefit of our children,” she said. She also narrated how she rushed to the hospital to personally look at the situation of the wounded civilian, Larry, who is a fruit and fish vendor who fell victim to an NPA bomb explosion during the April 29 raid at Lapanday Foods Corporation. “So let me make you understand why I condemned what the New People's Army have done. On or about 8 o'clock in the morning of April 29, 2017, I was standing in the middle of the trauma room of the Southern Philippines Medical Center praying that the civilian who was injured in the IED blast &'' courtesy of the terrorist NPA &'' will not die. Larry had no one with him so I was the one who had to read through his text messages to look for a family member. I was the one who called his wife, broke the bad news, and asked her to come and stand by her husband's side.” “One of his text messages spoke of his work as a simple laborer, who sells fruits and fish. The victim was the very person that you say should be defended from injustice. So when I condemned what the NPA did, I spoke for Larry. But you did not know that, did you? You just assumed when I say personal, it is all about my life. Because that is how you are. You are selfish individuals and you think the world is all about you. As Mayor tasked with the responsibility of the safety of civilians, the injury of Larry is my injury,” Carpio said. She further said the incidents in the cities of Kidapawan and Tagum were not her concern being the mayor of Davao City. But she admitted that she personally favored Tagum to be the chief of the local police force because of his tough stance against the NPA. “I personally made it happen that Senior Superintendent Alexander Tagum come in as Director of the Davao City Police Office, because he stood his ground against you. The so-called punitive action against the company was nothing but an action against peace, economic stability, and the security in Davao City. We now have 130 employees without work and Larry still in a coma. And yet the Lorenzos will still have money that you and I can [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource: mindanaoexaminer mindanaoexaminerMay 1st, 2017

Duterte warns cops: NPA ‘sparrow units’ are back

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – The “sparrow units” of the New People’s Army (NPA), known to be the rebel group’s hit squads back in the Marcos dictatorship era, are back to attack state forces, President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday, January 15. Addressing police officers during the inauguration of a new crime laboratory ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 16th, 2018

NPA seizes guns, ammo in attack on Lapanday; 2 rebels killed

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/01 May) – New People’s Army (NPA) guerrillas carted away various firearms and other military items in an attack Saturday on a farm and plants owned by the Lorenzos in Davao City, the rebel group said in a statement Sunday. The rebels sustained two casualties in a clash with with security personnel of the Lorenzos’ [&'].....»»

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NUJP: Red tag an assault on press freedom

DAVAO CITY---The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) on Wednesday slammed a certain Mario Ludades for tagging the media group as a "legal front" of communists. Nonoy Espina, NUJP chair, said in a statement that the Red tagging was "absurd" and an attack on press freedom. The NUJP was reacting to news reports on Dec. 26 about a certain Mario Ludades, who claimed to be a former ranking officer and founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), accusing the NUJP and other journalist groups of being one of the "legal fronts" of the CPP. "The charge of being a 'legal front' of the communists is so absurd it is tempting to dismiss it outright," said Espin...Keep on reading: NUJP: Red tag an assault on press freedom.....»»

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Whole NPA unit yields to military in South 

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Cargo Movers collect fifth straight win

BACOOR CITY --- F2 Logistics banked on its collective effort to overcome a hard-fighting Cignal squad, 25-22, 23-25, 25-14, 25-17, and stretch its winning streak in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference Thursday at the Bacoor Strike Gym here. Ara Galang and Majoy Baron led the attack of the Cargo Movers, who annexed its fifth straight win. Smart made short work of Foton, 25-21, 25-19, 25-18, to notch its first back-to-back wins. Despite missing setter Jasmine Nabor and middle blockers Celine Domingo and Czarina Carandang due to their respective academic commitments, the troika of Aiko Urdas, Grethcel Soltones and Jerrili Malabanan powered the Giga Hitters to earn their second win in the second round to improve to 4-5. Urdas unleashed 18 points off 16 kills and a pair of service aces. Soltones, who struggled with five points in their past game against Sta. Lucia, had 13 hits and as many as excellent receptions while Malabanan added 12 markers and had 10 digs. Galang dropped 18 points built on 16 spikes and a pair of aces laced with 10 excellent receptions while Baron unloaded eight kills, five blocks and three aces for 16 points as F2 Logistics improved to 7-2 win-loss record to claim the solo second spot. Cha Cruz-Behag was also instrumental with 12 points and 23 digs while Aby Maraño added 10 markers for F2 Logistics, which finished the job in just one hour and 36 minutes. Fajardo made 45 excellent sets as their team continued to miss Kianna Dy for the second straight game due to knee soreness and the wake of her grandmother in Davao. “I’m happy even we lost the second set because somehow I saw the determination of my players to win the game,” F2 Logistics head coach Ramil de Jesus said. “Even we’re not complete, they were composed.” The Cargo Movers fought back from 17-24 deficit in the second set and trimmed it down to 23-24. But Mylene Paat nailed a kill to end the frame and level the match to one-set apiece before the Cargo Movers recovered their groove en route to the victory. Cignal managed to keep F2 Logistics within striking distance in all departments as it had a 12-10 advantage in blocking, trailed only three in attacking, 42-45 and had 10 team aces each. The Cargo Movers also played more fluid with only 14 errors while the HD Spikers committed 33 miscues. Paat had 18 points while Rachel Anne Daquis delivered 15 hits, including 15 excellent receptions, for the HD Spikers, who dropped to a 4-5 card......»»

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Russian warplanes strike rebels after alleged gas attack

DAMASCUS, Syria --- Russian warplanes attacked rebel-held areas in northern Syria for the first time in weeks on Sunday, as Syrian officials said more than 100 people were treated at hospitals for a suspected poison gas attack in the northern city of Aleppo that Damascus and Moscow blamed on rebels. The rebels, who have denied carrying out any poison gas attacks, accused the government of trying to undermine a truce reached by Russia and Turkey in September during a summit in the Russian city of Sochi. The targeted area is rebel-held and home to extremist groups opposed to the truce such as the al-Qaida-linked Horas al-Din, which has described the deal as a "great conspiracy," ...Keep on reading: Russian warplanes strike rebels after alleged gas attack.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 26th, 2018

Around 100 Syrians struggle to breathe after toxic attack

DAMASCUS, Syria – Around 100 Syrians have been hospitalized with breathing difficulties in Aleppo, state media and a monitor said Sunday, November 25, after allegations rebels fired "toxic gas" on the regime-held city the previous day. A rebel alliance in nearby Idlib denied any involvement in the alleged attack. State news agency ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 25th, 2018

Syria state TV: 50 injured in rebel poison gas attack

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Davao City lawyer unhurt in gun attack

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Tagum lawyer ambushed

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Troops rescue escaped NPA medic in Davao City

DAVAO CITY – A female medic of the communist rebel group New People’s Army in North Cotabato province was rescued […].....»»

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2 ‘ranking’ NPA members, soldier killed in Davao Oriental clash

DAVAO CITY---Three people were killed and four others were wounded in an encounter between government troops and suspected communist guerrillas in Lupon, Davao Orientalon Thursday, the military said.   Capt. Jerry Lamosao, 10th Infantry Diivision public affairs officer, said two ranking members of the New People's Army and a soldier died during a firefight, which started around 5:30 a.m., near the village of Maragatas. The gun battle lasted for about 20-minutes.   Lamosao said soldiers were actingon reports of NPA presence, when they clashed at sitio Sigang.   Among those killed were a certain Dagol, leader of a rebel platoon; and a certain Taniel, vice p...Keep on reading: 2 ‘ranking’ NPA members, soldier killed in Davao Oriental clash.....»»

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Duterte tells rebel returnees: Don t join KMU

DAVAO CITY -- As his relationship with the left turned sour, President Rodrigo Duterte told rebel returnees not to join the Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU), which he described as a group which only disrupt.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsAug 24th, 2018

Duterte tells rebel returnees: Don’t join KMU

DAVAO CITY --- As his relationship with the left turned sour, President Rodrigo Duterte told rebel returnees not to join the Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU), which he described as a group which only disrupts business operations with rallies and strikes. "Ayaw'g sulod sa KMU, samoksamok lang mo, yawa, mag strike, kinsa'y makakwarta? Di ang leader sa KMU sa membership fees (Do not join the KMU, you will just be disrupting things, the devil. You will go on strike and who will earn money but the KMU leaders themselves from the membership fees), " Duterte said, referring to the militant labor group that had actively organized unions and fought for workers' rights and collective bargaining agreemen...Keep on reading: Duterte tells rebel returnees: Don’t join KMU.....»»

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Military says it didn’t drop bombs in Makilala village

KIDAPAWAN CITY(MindaNews / 07 August) –The Army in Makilala in North Cotabato has denied reports that bombs were dropped in a rebel-influenced barangay on Tuesday. Lt. Col. Rhodjun Rosales, commanding officer of the 39thInfantry Battalion, said the attack helicopter that residents saw in Barangay Batasan in Makilala never dropped any bomb when it hovered at […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsAug 7th, 2018

NPA frees police officer in North Cotabato

MAGPET, North Cotabato --- The New People's Army on Friday freed a police officer it had held captive for nearly seven months, a gesture seen to boost the prospects for the resumption of the stalled talks between the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). Clad in white sweatshirt, printed with "NPA POW" [Prisoner of War], Insp. Menardo Cui sat on a makeshift stage somewhere along the border of Davao City and Magpet town, North Cotabato province, teary eyed, as a female rebel fighter read the decision for his release. "Insp. Menardo Cui was released on humanitarian consideration amid the appeals of his family, friends and other well-meaning individua...Keep on reading: NPA frees police officer in North Cotabato.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 28th, 2018

NPA frees police officer after 7 months

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 27 July) – A police officer held captive by the New People’s Army (NPA) for seven months was released on Friday afternoon. The rebel group released Insp. Menardo Nisperos Cui in Sitio Apog Apog, Barangay Panaka Magpet, North Cotabato. Police Regional Office 11 spokesperson Chief Insp. Milgrace Driz said Cui was flown by helicopter […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJul 27th, 2018

Cop wounded in DavOr attack

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 27 July) – A policeman was wounded in an attack by suspected New People’s Army rebels around 4 pm Thursday in Tarragona, Davao Oriental. Police Regional Office 11 spokesperson Chief Insp. Milgrace Driz on Friday identified the wounded policeman as PO1 Johnny Morales. Driz said Morales was with Chief Insp. Marcelito and PO1 George […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJul 27th, 2018

Cop wounded in clash with NPA rebels in Davao Oriental

DAVAO CITY --- A policeman was wounded in an attack by suspected communist rebels in Tarragona town, DavaoOriental on Thursday, police said. Police Officer 1 Johnny Morales was wounded after a brief firefight with New People's Army (NPA) rebels at a bridge in Sitio Tagsagaong, Barangay Tomoaong, according to Chief Insp. Milgrace Driz, Southern Mindanao police regional spokesperson. The incident happened as Morales, a member of Baganga municipal police station, Chief Insp. Marcialito Batingana, Baganga police chief, and two other policemen were onboard an unmarked sports utility vehicle (SUV) driven by Police Officer 1 George Silat. The group was on their way back to their statio...Keep on reading: Cop wounded in clash with NPA rebels in Davao Oriental.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 26th, 2018

In brazen attack, second official killed in the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines - On the back of a highly unusual campaign in 2016, the man who has governed Philippines’ southern city of Davao as its Mayor for over two decades - managed to clinch a wi.....»»

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