3 Cordilleran in Top 10 of PMA 'MASIDLAWIN' Class of 2020 (RMC- PIA-CAR)

Mayor Benjamin Magalong in a public address calls on Baguio citizens' active support and adherence to the General Community Qaurantine guidelines set by the city government. (Mann Sortejas/PIA Baguio)

Bontoc Mayor Franklin Odsey (c) with Sangguniang Bayan member and Chairperson on Committee on Health Jerome Tudlong, Jr., and Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer Johanna Padaen inspect the Rapid Test Kits and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) provided by the National Task Force to the Municipality of Bontoc. (Bontoc LGU photo)

Gov. Melchor Diclas leads the relief operation in far flung sitios in Itogon, Benguet .

Relief goods are delivered to far flung villages in Benguet that could be reach by hours of walking, thanks to the Philippine Air Force Tactical Operations Group Baguio(RMC-PIA CAR)

Bontoc Mayor Franklin Odsey and Sagada Mayor James Pooten(r) expressed their gratitude to National Task Force for COVID-19 Chief Implementor Sec. Carlito Galvez(l) for the test kits and personal protective equipment during the Joint NTF-RTF meeting in Baguio City. (RMC- PIA-CAR)

'Disgruntled' NPA rebel surrenders in Zambo Sibugay

ZAMBOANGA CITY – A 20-year-old disgruntled New People’s Army (NPA) rebel has surrendered to the government troops in the province of Zamboanga Sibugay, military officials said on Saturday.

Lt. Col. Don Templonuevo, Army’s 44th Infantry Battalion (IB) commander, said NPA surrenderer Almadin dela Torre, who has aliases of Ka Ariel and Ka Nike, claimed he was "tired of fighting and hiding".

DISGRUNTLED. Almadin dela Torre, 20, a New People's Army rebel, hands over a cal. M16A1 assault rifle to Lt. Col. Don Templonuevo, the Army's 44th Infantry Battalion commander, when he surrendered Friday in Barangay Balagon, Siay, Zamboanga Sibugay. Dela Torre was abandoned by his comrades following a failed attack on government troops on Wednesday in the area. (Photo courtesy of 44th Infantry Battalion)

The last straw for dela Torre, he said, was when his comrades abandoned him during an encounter Wednesday evening when the rebels attacked government troops in Barangay Balagon, Siay, Zamboanga Sibugay.

Templonuevo said dela Torre surrendered to the 44IB  troops on Friday in the same village.

Dela Torre was 16-years-old when he was recruited in 2016 by the members of the Guerilla Front–Feleciano A of the NPA’s Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee (WMRPC), the military official said.

Earlier, he said the troops were resting in Barangay Balagon after conducting visitation and information dissemination on the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic in far-flung areas when the NPA attacked them, triggering a 20-minute firefight.

The troops repelled the attackers and on the next day recovered the remains of a slain NPA rebels in the area.

“His (dela Torre) surrender and statements are proof that the NPA is continuously violating the International Humanitarian Law (IHL), which prohibits the recruitment and use of children in hostilities,” Templonuevo said.

Dela Torre turned over one M16A1 rifle with four magazines and 80 rounds of live ammunition to the military.

Col. Leonel Nicolas, commander of the Army’s 102nd Infantry Brigade, said the rebel's surrender was "a manifestation that the convergence efforts of the Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (TF-ELCAC) prior to the declaration of ceasefire gained promising and positive results."

Nicolas said based on interviews with dela Torre, the strength of the NPA in Zamboanga Sibugay has been continuously dwindling after losing a huge number of followers in the series of clashes with the government forces.

Nicolas said the NPA surrenderer has also expressed discontentment on the manner their leaders were running the organization.

Maj. Gen. Generoso Ponio, Army’s 1st Infantry Division commander, said they will facilitate the dela Torre's enrolment to the Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (ECLIP) and assist him in his return to the mainstream society.

Ponio said dela Torre will receive benefits such as immediate cash assistance, livelihood assistance, a remuneration for the surrendered firearm and other aids coming from the different national government agencies.

The NPA is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines. (PNA)

By Teofilo Garcia, Jr.

 

Baguio

  • 3 Cordilleran in Top 10 of PMA 'MASIDLAWIN' Class of 2020

    BAGUIO CITY, May 22(PIA) -- Three Cordilleran are in the Top 10 graduating class of the Philippine Military Academy “Masidlawin” (Mandirigmang Isinilang na may Dangal at Lakas Upang Maging Tanglaw ng Inang Bayan) Class of 2020.

  • Magalong calls for continuing public support to city's GCQ guidelines

    BAGUIO CITY, May 23(PIA) - - Mayor Benjamin Magalong calls for continuing public cooperation, obedience and on instilling the needed discipline to ensure the safety of everyone from the COVID -19.

  • Cordillera needs P9B to reboot economy

    BAGUIO CITY—The Cordillera will require P9.2 billion to stimulate the local economy that has suffered P18.7 billion in losses during the two-month Luzon quarantine, according to the Office of Civil Defense (OCD).

  • NTF pushes to build up testing capacity for COVID-19

    BAGUIO CITY, May 21 (PIA) - - It is the goal of the national government to slowly move the country from the Enhanced Community Quarantine to General Community Quarantine  towards  the new normal  where   economic activities will be moving forward without compromising public safety.

  • PH to adopt Cordillera Covid-19 response

    BAGUIO CITY – National Task Force against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) chief implementer Carlito Galvez Jr. said on Thursday they will adopt the good practices in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) in preventing the spread of the disease.

Benguet

  • Benguet shifts back to COVID-19 operations after typhoon

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, May 22, (PIA) -- Governor Melchor Diclas is thankful that the province of Benguet was spared by typhoon Ambo over the weekend   and the provincial government shifts back its attention to  COVID-19.

  • DPWH spells out construction safety guidelines under GCQ

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, May 23(PIA) - -  With the province  now under General Community Quarantine, all projects under the Department of Public Works and Highways(DPWH) are given the green light to proceed but must comply with construction safety guidelines.

  • PRO-Cor reaches out to almost 13,000 indigent families in CAR

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, May 22(PIA) -- The Police Regional Office – Cordillera (PRO-Cor) has provided relief assistance to more than 13, 000 indigent families in the Cordillera region thru the “Kapwa Ko, Sagot Ko! Adopt-A-Family Program.”

  • Relief goods reach more far flung areas in Benguet

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, May 16(PIA) -Families in far flung areas in  two municipalities in the  province  received  relief goods  which were  airlifted over the weekend. 

  • Benguet PVO fears recurrence of ASF

    LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, May 15 (PIA) - - As local government units are focused on protecting their constituents from the corona virus (COVID-19), Benguet is faced with another concern involving its swine industry.

Mt. Province

  • Bontoc, Sagada thank NTF for PPEs, test kits

    BAGUIO CITY, May 22(PIA) -- Bontoc Mayor Franklin Odsey and Sagada Mayor James Pooten expressed their gratitude to National Task Force for COVID-19 Chief Implementor Secretary Carlito Galvez for the test kits and personal protective equipment (PPE) they received recently.

  • Mt. Province CTFs convene to set unified GCQ local guidelines

    BONTOC, Mountain Province-- In the province’s aim to come up with a set unified guidelines for all municipalities in the province for the next phase of community quarantine from May 16 to 31, 2020, the Provincial COVID-19 Task Force (PCTF) met with the League of Municipalities-Mountain Province Chapter (LMP-MP) on May 15   at the Mountain Province Disaster Operations Center.

  • Mt. Province honors 2 fallen soldiers, gives aid to families

    BAUKO, Mountain Province, May 1 -- The  provincial  government  here gave due recognition to two  of its  sons -   soldiers from  the municipality of Bauko who  sacrificed their lives  for the country.

  • Work in PLGU frontline services resumes May 4; observance of preventive measures stressed

    BONTOC, Mountain Province, May 3(PIA) – With the province now under General Community Quarantine (GCQ), work for frontline services at the provincial local government unit (PLGU) will resume on Monday May 4.

  • Coping with crisis, the Cordillera way

    PARACELIS, Mountain Province, Philippines —The government-imposed lockdown across Luzon to arrest the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has activated age-old amelioration practices in the Cordillera.

IFUGAO

  • PNP’s charitable program serves more than 1,000 Ifugao families

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, May 20(PIA) - - Amidst the threat of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), more than a thousand families in the province were provided assistance by the Philippine National Police (PNP) through its charitable program.

  • Ifugao PLGU sets rapid triage for returning employees

    LAGAWE, Ifugao, May 20 (PIA) - -As  precautionary measure against  COVID-19,the provincial government has started on May 18 the conduct of rapid triage assessment for its workforce and capitol-based agencies including clients and visitors with the province  now placed  under the  general community quarantine.

  • DTI invites ECQ- affected MSEs to avail of its loan facility

    LAMUT, Ifugao, May 15(PIA) - - The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in the province enjoined Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) affected by the Enhanced Community Quarantine to avail of the  agency’s Enterprise Rehabilitation Financing (ERF) facility.

  • Ifugao town records second COVID-19 case

    LAMUT, Ifugao, May 14 (PIA) - -  The  local government  here reiterates to the public to  follow   guidelines  such as staying  at home,  practicing  proper hygiene, wearing  protective mask and  observing  social distancing  as the   municipality recorded its second confirmed COVID-19 case.

  • Ifugao PLGU sets 'Oplan Gawid' for stranded students,workers

    LAMUT, Ifugao, May 7 (PIA) - -  Stranded students and displaced workers outside the province  due to the  enhanced community  quarantine may now  be allowed to come  but  will have to follow the set protocols.

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