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Address the roots of the armed conflict, red-tagged activists say

“You think you can kill a movement by persecuting them? You do not know history. If you see the history of the Catholic church, it only grew when there were martyrs whose blood actually watered the seed that was sown by Jesus Christ. So if you think that you will break the movement, you will break dissent by persecuting, you are very much mistaken.” The post Address the roots of the armed conflict, red-tagged activists say appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource: bulatlat bulatlatNov 25th, 2020

Not yet time for bilateral ceasefire, ‘address roots of armed conflict first’

Not yet time for bilateral ceasefire, ‘address roots of armed conflict first’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  davaotodayRelated NewsDec 4th, 2016

Third round of peace talks to address roots of armed conflict

Third round of peace talks to address roots of armed conflict.....»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsDec 4th, 2016

Duterte, not the Reds, obstacle to peace

“It is important that peace talks continue as this is one of the avenues to resolve the roots of armed conflict.” The post Duterte, not the Reds, obstacle to peace appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsDec 31st, 2020

Senate to retain budget of NTF-ELCAC

Despite being accused of red-tagging, the proposed P19-billion budget for the controversial National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict for 2021 will likely remain intact as senators expressed belief that the funds would address problems on the insurgency in over 800 barangays in the country......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 7th, 2020

CPP is deceiving the public for denying existence of its front organizations — Roque

It would be the height of deception of the local communist rebel group if it will deny the existence of their front organizations, a Palace official said Tuesday. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque (OPS / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN) According to Presidential spokesman Harry Roque, the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) has an armed group, the New People’s Army (NPA), as well as a political wing composed of the so-called legal front groups. He argued that these front organizations may not take up arms but still belong to the communist rebel group. Roque made the statement even after clarifying that authorities have been advised against red-tagging personalties without presenting proof. “Lilinawin ko, bagama’t ang sinabi ni Secretary Lorenzana na polisiya natin talaga ay kung walang ebidensiya dapat manahimik at huwag mag-red tagging eh hindi naman po ibig sabihin noon na wala talagang mga organisasyon na talagang kasapi at kabahagi ng CPP-NPA (I’d like to make clear that although (Defense) Secretary (Delfin) Lorenzana mentioned our policy to stay silent and avoid red-tagging personalities without proof, it does not mean that there are no organizations belonging to the CPP-NPA),” Roque said during a televised press briefing.  “Ang CPP-NPA po, talagang mayroon silang revolutionary armed struggle, iyan po iyong NPA at mayroon silang political, kasama sa political ay iyong mga tinawag nilang mga organisasyon na diumano’y legal dahil hindi naman sila humahawak ng baril pero kabahagi pa rin po ng CPP-NPA at hindi po madi-deny iyan. Kaplastikan po ng CPP-NPA kung sasabihin nilang wala silang mga legal fronts na tinatawag. (The CPP-NPA has a revolutionary armed struggle, that’s the NPA and they have a political arm composed of what they call legal organizations because they don’t take up arms but they are still part of the CPP-NPA and that cannot be denied. It will be deceitful for the CPP-NPA if they will say they don’t have so-called legal fronts),” he said. Amnesty International earlier appealed to the Philippine government to halt “its vicious and at times deadly practice of red-tagging” or labeling of groups or persons as communists or terrorists. The group urged the government to address criticisms about its policies instead of allegedly endangering people practicing free speech.“In the prevailing context where red-tagged individuals become the targets of harassment, threats and even killings, courts and pertinent government agencies must take concrete steps to ensure the safety and protection of these individuals,” the group said in its website. The appeal was made as the Senate started an inquiry into the controversial red-tagging activities of some military officials. Last week, the Palace said President Duterte wanted military and police officials to stop labeling personalities as communists without showing evidence. Duterte has spoken through Lorenzana who advised officials to be careful in red-tagging, according to Roque. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2020

Anti-communist task force gathering evidence to formally tag CPP, ‘allies’ as terrorists

The National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict says it is 'consolidating' evidence against the Communist Party of the Philippines and its supposed allies for them to be formally tagged as terrorists under the controversial Anti-Terrorism Act......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 23rd, 2020

Babies have rights

 #ASKGOYO Atty. Gregorio Larrazabal Quoted below is the statement of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines: “The tragic death of 3-month-old Baby River highlights the need to do MORE, BETTER, FASTER in the justice sector quoted below is the statement of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines: “Baby River was born at the Fabella Medical Center on July 1, 2020.  Her mother, urban poor organizer Reina Mae Nasino, 23 years old, is a detainee at the Manila City Jail Female Dormitory who was arrested on November 5, 2019 at the Tondo office of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan.  The police raids that resulted in the arrests of over 60 activists in Metro Manila and Bacolod were by virtue of various warrants issued by the RTC Branch 89 in Quezon City.  Reina Mae and two others were charged with illegal possession of firearms and explosives, a non-bailable offense. “Despite questions raised against the validity of the raids and arrests as well as petitions for the release of Reina Mae on health and humanitarian grounds or for continued breast-feeding, the frail and underweight Baby River was separated from her mother barely a month after birth. “The case went through RTC Manila Branch 20, the Supreme Court, back to RTC Branch 20, then RTC branch 42 and RTC Branch 37, and the Court of Appeals, until Baby River died on Oct. 12, 2020. “Manila RTC Branch 47 finally allowed Reina Mae furlough – this time to visit her dead daughter.  Despite many fully armed BJMP escorts, police and military personnel monitoring and accompanying Reina Mae, she remained hand-cuffed while at the wake. “The heartbreaking and brief life-story of Baby River compel us to raise these questions: “1. Why can’t our justice system safeguard the needs and rights of an innocent child to breastfeeding and a better chance to survive? “2. Why don’t our jails have adequate facilities to address the needs and rights of children and women detainees duly recognized by domestic and international law? “3. Why does it take so long to respect, protect, and fulfill human rights? “4. Isn’t there double standard when “bigger” detainees are allowed similar or even greater privileges? “5. Can we not have justice with compassion? “Let our concern, dismay, or rage and the tears that we may shed for Baby River Nasino fuel our collective determination and action to improve our justice system.  Let not our innocent children fall under the cracks.  Babies have rights and we have duties to nurture them.  Let our humanity rise above our personal comforts or the privileges of power.” DOMINGO EGON CAYOSA National President & Chairman of the Board of Governors *** We can talk about the law legal processes, and I’m sure many will.  But at the crux of all this should be:“What is it to be human?” Have we sunk so low that we’ve lost our humanity?  Have we forgotten what it is that separates us from animals?  Have we been numb to peoples’ suffering and death? Have we been stripped of our sense of morality and compassion that we have lost our appreciation of what is right and wrong?  People have discussed the trampled rights of the mother of the infant.  But what about the rights of the baby?  Stripping the legalese of the tragedy, we have to ask: What about the basic needs of the baby, as emphasized by the statement of the IBP?  There is no justification to being deprived of the love and care his mother, and the warmth of her embrace. The soothing voice to say she’s going to get better, and she’s loved…  Have we regressed to a point that we’ve been stripped of our empathy? More than the legality of this.  After the furor will have died down, and it surely will, I think we have to ask ourselves, “Where are we now?”  How low have we sunk and how to we get back up and regain some sense of decency? My heart broke when I saw pictures of Reina Mae Nasino covered in PPE, in handcuffs, unable to even hug her dead baby one last time.  I still cannot understand the inhumanity towards not only the mother, but the baby, who had done no one wrong, yet was treated with so much hate, disrespect, contempt, and derision for her to be born in this world, yet stripped and deprived of human love and affection.  I can never hate anyone that much to treat him or her so badly. I think we need to dig deep within ourselves and search our soul.  To find the humanity which has clearly been missing.  We need to find our moral compass, before we all lose our soul and drown in the abyss. Stay Safe.  Pray for Baby River.  Pray for OUR country......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 18th, 2020

RTF-ELCAC 6 vows to address CPP-NPA threats amid COVID-19 pandemic

ILOILO CITY, May 3 -- The Regional Task Force on Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) 6 is all out in its commitment in the fight against the illegal activities of the CPP-NPA in Weste.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsMay 3rd, 2020

RTF ELCAC opcen to pool info, data to address insurgency

DAVAO DEL NORTE, Nov 15 (PIA)---The Regional Task Force on Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF ELCAC) Internal Security Operation (ISO) Coordination Center is expected to pool data and infor.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsNov 16th, 2019

ELCAC regional operations center established in Davao del Norte

DAVAO DEL NORTE, Nov. 15 (PIA) - The Regional Task Force Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) operation center, the first in operation center in the Philippines aimed to address insurg.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsNov 16th, 2019

RTF ELCAC opcen to pool info, data to address insurgency

DAVAO DEL NORTE, Nov 15 (PIA)---The Regional Task Force on Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF ELCAC) Internal Security Operation (ISO) Coordination Center is expected to pool data and infor.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsNov 16th, 2019

ELCAC regional operations center established in Davao del Norte

DAVAO DEL NORTE, Nov. 15 (PIA) - The Regional Task Force Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) operation center, the first in operation center in the Philippines aimed to address insurg.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsNov 16th, 2019

DILG USec calls for convergence to end communist armed conflict

MAASIN CITY, Oct 29 (PIA) -- Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary Marivel C. Sacendoncillo has called for a convergence of local and national governments to address ins.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 31st, 2019

NOTF ELCAC creates clusters to address insurgency in NegOr

DUMAGUETE CITY, Aug. 8 (PIA) -- Heads of line agencies comprising the Negros Oriental Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NOTF ELCAC) convened yesterday and created the 12 clusters th.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsAug 11th, 2019

4ID chief: CAPDdev addresses armed conflict in peaceful manner

IMPASUG-ONG, Bukidnon, July 3 (PIA) -- The Convergence Areas for Peace and Development (CAPDev) program is an attempt of the government in Northern Mindanao to address conflict and various issues i.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 12th, 2019

4ID chief: CAPDdev addresses armed conflict in peaceful manner

IMPASUG-ONG, Bukidnon, July 3 (PIA) -- The Convergence Areas for Peace and Development (CAPDev) program is an attempt of the government in Northern Mindanao to address conflict and various issues i.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 12th, 2019

Biden to sign executive orders on Day 1, amid high alert for inauguration

Joe Biden’s top aide said Saturday the incoming president would sign about a dozen executive orders on his first day in office, as police fearing violence from Trump supporters staged a nationwide security operation ahead of the inauguration. Authorities in Washington, where Wednesday’s inauguration will take place, said they arrested a man with a loaded handgun and more than 500 rounds of ammunition at a security checkpoint, underscoring the tension in the US capital which is resembling a war zone. However, the man’s family told US media he was a security guard, rejecting the idea he was intent on causing harm. Incoming Biden chief of staff Ron Klain said in a memo to new White House senior staff that the executive orders would address the pandemic, the ailing US economy, climate change and racial injustice in America. “All of these crises demand urgent action,” Klain said in the memo. “In his first ten days in office, President-elect Biden will take decisive action to address these four crises, prevent other urgent and irreversible harms, and restore America’s place in the world,” Klain added. As he inherits the White House from Donald Trump, Biden’s plate is overflowing with acute challenges. The US is fast approaching 400,000 dead from the Covid-19 crisis and logging well over a million new cases a week as the coronavirus spreads out of control. The economy is ailing, with 10 million fewer jobs available compared to the start of the pandemic. Biden this week unveiled plans to seek $1.9 trillion to revive the economy through new stimulus payments and other aid, and plans a blitz to accelerate America’s stumbling Covid vaccine rollout effort. On Inauguration Day Biden, as previously promised, will sign orders including ones for the US to rejoin the Paris climate accord and reverse Trump’s ban on entry of people from certain Muslim majority countries, Klain said. “President-elect Biden will take action — not just to reverse the gravest damages of the Trump administration — but also to start moving our country forward,” Klain said. – 500 rounds of ammunition – Meanwhile, Washington was under a state of high alert after a mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6. The assault left five people dead, including a police officer. Security officials have warned that armed pro-Trump extremists, possibly carrying explosives, pose a threat to Washington as well as state capitals over the coming week. Thousands of National Guard troops have been deployed in Washington and streets have been blocked off downtown with concrete barriers. On Friday night, police arrested a Virginia man at a security checkpoint where he tried to use an “unauthorized” credential to access the restricted area where Biden will be inaugurated. As officers checked the credential against the authorized access list, one noticed decals on the back of Wesley Beeler’s pick-up truck that said “Assault Life,” with an image of a rifle, and another with the message: “If they come for your guns, give ’em your bullets first,” according to a document filed in Washington, DC Superior Court. Under questioning, Beeler told officers he had a Glock handgun in the vehicle. A search uncovered a loaded handgun, more than 500 rounds of ammunition, shotgun shells and a magazine for the gun, the court document said. Beeler was arrested on charges including possession of an unregistered firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition. But Beeler’s father Paul told The New York Times his son had been working as a security guard on the Capitol grounds. Asked if the younger Beeler supported a peaceful transition of power, Paul Beeler told the newspaper, “That’s the reason he’s there.” In addition to the heavy security presence in Washington, law enforcement was out in force in state capitals around the country to ward off potential political violence. Mass protests that had been planned for the weekend did not materialize on Saturday, with security far outnumbering Trump supporters at several fortified statehouses, US media reported. In St Paul, Minnesota, for example, hundreds of law enforcement officers, some armed with long guns, ringed the Capitol with National Guard troops providing backup.  The number of protesters totaled about 50......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsJan 17th, 2021

RTF-8 ELCAC vows stronger coordination to attain peace by 2022

The Regional Task Force on Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) in a hybrid physical and virtual meeting presided by Secretary Eduardo Del Rosario resolved to heighten agency coordination to attain a just and lasting peace by the year 2022......»»

Category: newsSource:  samarnewsRelated NewsJan 5th, 2021

Gaza forces fire rockets to mark Israel conflict anniversary

Palestinian armed groups staged military exercises in Gaza on Tuesday, including firing rockets into the sea, to mark the anniversary of the start of the 2008 conflict with Israel......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 30th, 2020

A pandemic year

Throughout human history, there have been many calamitous events that have seen a multitude of deaths and widespread destruction. These may be caused by a variety of causes such as cataclysmic natural phenomena, armed conflict, or some health crises of enormous proportions. The Black Death of 1347-1351 killed an estimated hundred million individuals and the Great Pandemic (Flu, 1918-1920) had 50,000,000-100,000,000 fatalities. The two world wars, WWI of 1914 and WWII which began in 1939 and ended in 1945, have the deadliest combined death toll in the annals of human history......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 28th, 2020