Sen. Guingona’s mom hurt in NPA attack

2 bodyguards killed; guerrillas apologize

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Mayor Ruth de Lara Guingona of Gingoog City INQUIRER PHOTO

Police and military troops are pursuing a group of communist New People’s Army (NPA) guerrillas who wounded Gingoog City Mayor Ruth de Lara Guingona, wife of former Vice President Teofisto Guingona Jr., and killed two of her bodyguards in an attack in Misamis Oriental province late Saturday.

Mayor Guingona, 78, a member of President Aquino’s Liberal Party (LP), suffered bullet wounds in the arms and feet. She was also wounded by shrapnel from a grenade blast during the attack in the hinterland village of Alatagan in Barangay (village) Upper Kapitulangan.

Guingona, mother of Sen. Teofisto “TG” Guingona III, was returning with a six-member escort from a town fiesta in Alatagan when they were

“ambushed” by the rebels, Chief Supt. Generoso Cerbo, spokesman for the Philippine National Police, told reporters in Manila.

Cerbo said the rebels fled after a 10-minute fire fight with police. But the mayor was safely retrieved only at dawn Sunday, hours after the attack, because the site was a remote area.

Killed were the mayor’s civilian bodyguards, brothers Nestor and Tomas Velasco.

PO3 Rolando Benimerito and Leo Cañete, another civilian bodyguard of the mayor, were wounded.

The attack came less than a month before local elections in May. NPA guerrillas often take advantage of election seasons to raise funds by demanding protection money from candidates who want to campaign in areas under their control.

Mayor Guingona is not running for any office in the elections, but her daughter Marie is running to take her place at city hall.

The NPA admitted the attack and apologized to Guingona and her family, saying it was not intentional, as the rebels’ plan was to hold the entourage, disarm the bodyguards and talk to the mayor.

“We feel sorry about the incident, but Guingona was warned last week not to bring an armed security escort with her while on the campaign trail,” Jorge Madlos, spokesman for the National Democratic Front in Mindanao, said.

“There was a makeshift roadblock, but somebody in their convoy ordered to run it down and fire at the NPA [guerrillas], who were forced to return fire,” Madlos told the Inquirer by phone on Sunday.

“It is our heartfelt request to ask for forgiveness to the family of Guingona. We did not expect this,” he said.

Madlos said the NPA would indemnify the families of those killed.

The NPA North Central Mindanao Regional Command also apologized for what spokesman Allan Juanito called “unfortunate incident.”

But Juanito said the incident was not an ambush.

“It started when Mayor Guingona’s armed escorts fired upon an NPA checkpoint in Kapitulangan,” he said in a statement e-mailed to the Inquirer. “The group was on its way home when it passed by the NPA checkpoint near the bridge in Kapitulangan.”

“The lead vehicle of Mayor Guingona’s convoy rammed the bamboo roadblock mounted by the Red fighters while her escorts opened fire at the NPA flagging down the convoy. The Red fighters immediately returned fire in self-defense,” he said.

Juanito said the NPA unit involved was carrying out orders from the regional command “to implement the revolutionary policies” prohibiting candidates from carrying firearms and bringing armed escorts when they campaign in “guerrilla zones” without “coordination with the concerned revolutionary territorial committees and commands.”

The NPA unit in the area has been manning checkpoints since April 15, he said.

“Aside from explaining our policy to her campaigners, responsible cadres in the area also personally contacted Mayor Guingona [by] phone, reminding her to avoid bringing armed escorts [to] campaign [rallies],” Juanito said.

The communist movement will take “full responsibility” for the incident, he added.

“For the civilian casualties, we will exhaust all efforts to contact their families to extend indemnification and needed medical assistance to the wounded,” he said.

Juanito said the NPA recognized former Vice President Teofisto Guingona Jr.’s “significant contribution” to the Filipinos’ struggle against dictatorship and his “steadfast nationalist standpoint” in various issues.

He said the NPA also respected Sen. TG Guingona’s “propeople” stand on many issues.

“Thus, we are deeply saddened by this unfortunate incident. We take full responsibility for this,” Juanito said.

The NPA, however, will continue putting up checkpoints in the area, he said.

No NPA permit

Madlos said the mayor’s group failed to ask the NPA for permission to campaign in the area controlled by the guerrillas.

Asked if that was the reason for the roadblock, he said, “It is not the issue of permit to campaign fee, but rather of adhering to policies of the revolutionary movement.”

Madlos said the incident should serve as a warning to politicians who want to campaign in NPA-controlled areas not to bring armed escorts.

“They are not allowed to bring firearms unless they ask for special permits from the local NPA that they will bring one for their own protection against bandits,” he said.

The military condemned the attack as another “proof of the NPA’s criminal nature.”

“They are no different from other partisan armed groups and criminals that consistently break the law and hamper far-flung communities’ growth and development,” Col. Arnulfo Burgos Jr., spokesman for the Armed Forces of the Philippines, said in a statement.

Burgos said Mayor Guingona was not campaigning but returning from a village fiesta in Upper Kapitulangan.

“This is contrary to claims of the NPA that she was campaigning in the area. Mayor Guingona is not a candidate in the coming … elections,” Burgos said.

He said the attack was a violation of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law.

The insurgents also violated Republic Act No. 9851, which penalizes violations of the International Humanitarian Law, genocide and other crimes against humanity, Burgos said.

Pursuit operations

Burgos said troops from the Army’s 58th Infantry Battalion commanded by Lt. Col. George Banson were spearheading the joint military-police operations to get the NPA guerrillas who carried out the attack on Mayor Guingona.

Burgos said the mayor was first taken to Sanitarium Hospital in Gingoog and was later flown by a military helicopter to Cagayan de Oro City, where she was taken to Capitol University Medical City (CUMC).

Dr. Jesus Jardin, CUMC medical director, said Mayor Guingona was in stable condition, “although her emotions are still high.”

Malacañang also condemned the attack on Mayor Guingona.

“We condemn this ambush,” President Aquino’s deputy spokesperson, Abigail Valte, said on state-run radio. “Whatever the reasons are, this kind of violent attack directed at any (government) official or candidate has no room in the forthcoming May elections.”

The Palace offered its condolences to the families of the slain escorts of Mayor Guingona.

‘Ambush’

Senator Guingona called the attack on his mother an “ambush.”

He issued a statement saying: “The New People’s Army has fired upon an elderly and innocent woman who is already bowing out of politics. They alleged that they fired upon my mother because [she] breached [their] policy against [bringing firearms in their territory. The people who carried firearms were] members of the Philippine National Police.”

The statement indicated that Guingona does not recognize the NPA’s power to enforce any policy anywhere in the country.

“We would like to remind everyone in this country that there is only one government of the Republic of the Philippines. There is only one President who is in charge of executing the laws of this land. That is President Noynoy Aquino. He is the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines,” Guingona said.

Guingona said he was relieved that his mother survived the attack. But he said he mourned the deaths of her aides, whom he described as “loyal employees of long standing in our family’s home in Mindanao.”

He said his mother was wounded and was trapped inside the vehicle, which was thrown down on its side by the power of the grenade blasts.

Guingona flew to Cagayan de Oro Sunday morning. He said his mother was safe and would undergo surgery on Monday for the removal of the bullets and shrapnel that she took during the attack.

His sister Marie, who is running for mayor of Gingoog, stood silent beside him during an interview with the Inquirer outside CUMC.

Guingona said his father, the former Vice President, would arrive in Cagayan de Oro Monday morning.

Fifty attackers

Maj. Leo Bongosia, spokesman for the Army’s 4th Infantry Division, also called the incident an ambush, belying Madlos’ claim that the rebels were only forced to return fire.

Bongosia said about 50 guerrillas took part in the attack on Mayor Guingona.

Sesinio Retuya, a driver to the Guingonas, said the “ambush site” was about 10 kilometers from the highway in Kapitulangan.

Retuya, who went to the site Sunday morning, said the lead vehicle that carried Mayor Guingona was riddled with bullets.

“There are holes in the windshield and on both sides of the cars,” he said.

Retuya said Mayor Guingona survived because her bodyguards used their bodies as shields against the attackers’ bullets.—With reports from Michael Lim Ubac, Gil Cabacungan, Jerome Aning and Leila Salaverria in Manila; Karlos Manlupig, Inquirer Mindanao; and AFP

Originally posted at 01:19 pm | Sunday, April 21, 2013

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  • zandro santos

    This is to intimidate politicians who refused to give in to the NPA bandits’ demands for extortion in a form of permit to win/campaign. It’s like saying “Eto ang mapapala nyo kung hindi kayo magbibigay ng pera sa DIGMANG KOTONG!”

    To the military: As usual BIGO nanaman kayo mga sir! Dumating kayo, wala na ang mga NPA. You promised na protektahan ninyo ang mga politiko na ayaw magbigay sa mga bandidong NPA. Now, may mukha pa ba kayong sabihin sa mga politiko na hindi padadala sa extortion demands ng mga terroristang NPA? Puro kasi kayo papogi! Hindi natin masisisi kung merong mga politiko na nagbibigay sa NPA dahil hindi ninyo sila kayang protektahan. Hindi nyo nga kayang protektahan ang sarili ninyong sundalo.

  • http://www.facebook.com/boyboyteneza Boyoby Teneza

    simple, eversince philippine government incapable of protecting its citizens.. no wonder many choose to avoid paying taxes, what for?

  • Benigno the Turd

    THIS IS WHY the AFP has to be RUTHLESS against activists and LEFTISTS. O ano Human Rights? Bakit tameme kayo? Mga AKBAYAD?

    • patriotic_act

      I agree.. thats why I supported Gen Jovito Palparan’s “way” of dealing with this leeches.

  • MULEN

    This kind of incident is one of the most compelling reasons why the likes of Teddy Casiño should not be given a seat at governance. They can always find fault with the government but turn a blind eye to the atrocities committed by the left. Sabagay, malaki ang pakinabang nila sa mga NPA. Bukod sa buwan buwanang parte sa kotong at union fees, nakapag-ambag din ang mga NPA sa political ads ni Teddy Casiño et al sa TV at radio. Kaya top 5 si Teddy sa gastos sa TV at radio pero sa kangkungan pa rin ang bagsak niya sa eleksyon.

    • wawa2172

      Hey I don’t like the NPA too but I guess you are just to quick to blame the group. Baka naman mayroon motive ang kalaban nang pamilya nila sa politika or other issues.

      • MULEN

        This happened last night and the NPA owned responsibility to the ambush through its imbecile spokesperson Jorge Madlos. This is no longer breaking news here in Mindanao.
        And on their claim that they only fired their weapons in retaliation, the facts of prior engagements with civilians would belie that. One week before this incident, the NPA fired upon a group of pineapple plantation workers being ferried by their company vehicle in Libona, Bukidnon. This resulted to injuries to two employees while their vehicles were riddled with bullets (TV cam footage of ABSCBN CDO can attest to this). The NPA also strafed a group of people holding a procession in observance of the holy week in Agusan. But the worst atrocity of all this year thus far is the killing of 8 civilians in La Castillana, Negros Occidental and they were killed in cold blood one after the other -execution style. This all happened while the NPAs were said to have put up make-shift checkpoint.

      • wawa2172

        Ganoon ba, its unfortunate because the old Guingona seems to be left leaning. The act of NPA is condemnable as lives were again wasted. This time the driver and bodyguard of an old woman mayor were killed and I am sure they came from poor families.

      • John_Cruz

        Bottomline you cannot trust Communist NPA. You try to appease them they will stab you in the back They did it now to the old Guingona and also to the late Pres. Cory Aquino!

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Psiitoon-Charoenkrung/100001362990665 Paitoonn Charoenkrung

        basahin mong maigi ang artikulo bago ka magkomento Tinanggap na ng mga NPA na sila ang may kagagawan noon

    • $44843778

      come to think of it, si Teddy Casino nga tahimik pagdating sa usaping terrorismo galing sa mga kaliwa pero ang galing nga nya pumuna ng mga kamalian ng ating gobyerno.

    • etobsify

      TEDDY CASINO seems to be a promising new senator. sad to say unless he denounces these atrocities by the NPA, di sya mananalo, mag backward tumbling man sya.

      i feel sorry for him.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Psiitoon-Charoenkrung/100001362990665 Paitoonn Charoenkrung

        Any candidate with leftist leaning are dangerous; they all should be dump in the coming election

    • frudo

      wag ka mag alala di sya mananalo

  • padrefaura

    hindi ba makakaliwa si Senator TG? hmmmmmm.

  • EdsonArantesDoNascimiento

    You reap what you sow!Being another rabid dynastic family,sucking the life-blood out of the people,the country is better for it, if these wolves of the dynastic-kind are all dead!!!!May all these dynastic families fall like flies!!!!

    • MULEN

      Kung leftist ka, hindi ba man lang sumagi sa isip ninyo na ang lideres ng naiiwang socialist countries in the world (North Korea and Cuba) perpetuate themselves in power through dynastic rule? Sino ba ang pumalit sa ugod na ugod na si Fidel? Sino sino ang namumuno sa North Korea for more than half a century? Btw, be original naman. Pele for a handle?

    • m1600

      hahaha mag kano ba ang [parte mo sa mga kotong ng NPA kumander sira utak mo.

    • m1600

      another set back sa candidacy ng pakawALA NG npa NA SI casino sa kankungan ang bagsak nito!

  • pepito gwaps

    Its time to impose a national id and make random checks for lawless men presence. You cannot trust people around you if you don’t know them. The no ID situation is a big threat for peace and order especially now a days where terrorism is rampant. Lawless-men are just roaming around and anytime can create havoc because nobody challenge their identities. Giving national ID for each individual is a step to isolate good citizens to lawless men. Those people whose id is not registered is simply a lawless-man or a kid.If some people don’t like this it means they have selfish agenda and eventually they want to attract aliens to join with us and promote disorders in the society.

    • frudo

      tama

    • patriotic_act

      I agree.. we should make a CENTRAL DATABASE ID SYSTEM for all people and companies to check.. all suspected communists and NPA should be PROFILED with their faces on record.

      And this record SHOULD BE accessible to all people via the internet or should have a dedicated page in all newspapers.

    • Pinaslover

      I also agree in natinal ID but the data base should only be accessible by authorized agencies. Otherwise, many will call you to apply for insurance, credit card, and so on…

    • ron cruz

      I agree with brod!

    • RomyLitz

      Agree 100%, however, I would like to add one more thing, search for the moonlightening professors or teachers from govt and private universities acting as guest lecturers to these NPA recruits and ideological profiles of all professors in prestigious universities nationwide. By then we have the short list for the NPA ideology enablers breeding grounds.

    • $44479964

      And when the database is in the hands of cruel political leaders, just imagine what will they do with your files.

    • joboni96

      mga kaka
      why not train your guns against

      sea/island grabbing intsik switiks and
      recolonizing u.s. imperialist forces in mindanao/palawan

      para makabawi kayo
      support the candidacy of the guingona daughter

    • frudo

      tama ka nga jan eh kaso malabo pumasa yan kasi mismong mga pulitiko ayaw nyan.

    • Nite Alchemy

      NO WAY to National ID! Why should the government risk the security of exposing information of us private individuals? IT IS THE GOVERNMENT who should expose themselves to us. NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND.

  • Billy Reyes

    the world should declare NPA in a terrorist list.

    • MNLFoodcritic

      They are. They’ve been tagged as a terrorist organization since 2001.

    • CmdrAdobo

      what do you think will change if whatever declaration?

  • Billy Reyes

    we could not prosper in the Philippines with the presence of NPA ideology.
    South Africa did prosper after the discrimination between the white & black finally ended.
    Ireland did prosper after the divided North & South that cause civil war finally sorted.

  • Guest

    bakit nawala yung post ko nung sinabi ko na “ang kapal ng muka nila para tawagin ang sarili nilang Peoples army?” Terorista ang bagay

  • patriotic_act

    This leeches knows no laws or respect to authority of governing body because they simply “dont believe in it”, thus we must eradicate them before they make a mess of our civilized society.

    This NPA Communists should be burned alive.. or better yet “GAS” them including their families, friends and sympathizers, no trace must be left untouched, a viral or nerve agent released on their camps would be a good start.

  • Elnore

    Why can’t the government arrest all these NPAs? If they do not want the kind of administration we have in the Phils., they should go out and find a place of their own and not hurt people. Mga buwisit sa buhay yan mga NPAs na yan!

  • Elnore

    Military, please do something kill all these NPAs, they are poison to the government!

    • Pinoy Bodoh

      First get rid of these corrupt politicians. Only then can your army buy proper weapons to do you bidding.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Psiitoon-Charoenkrung/100001362990665 Paitoonn Charoenkrung

        your comment sounds like you are also a communists. many people said get rid of corrupt politician but when they are in power they become more corrupt than the politicians

  • calixto909

    A slap on your face Pnoy. Need I have to say more….

  • Elnore

    While I hate the Marcoses for their corruption, I would love to have the Martial rule again in the Philippines. Let’s face it people, napaka walang disiplina ng mga Pilipino. Matino lang sila pag nasa ibang country but pag nasa Pilipinas na akala mo kung mga sino umasta. Kailangan may mag disiplina sa mga tao. I wish we have the rule of Singapore in the Philippines. Bawal magkalat sa kalsa, maraming bawal, that’s what we need!

    • Pinaslover

      Dito naman sa UAE, bawal mamalimos..ikukulong yung namamalimos at nagbibigay ng limos. Di uso ang security guards dito. Ang bmw, benz, luxury cars nakapark lang sa public parking areas. Kahit idisplay mo ang iphone mo, laptop at mga alahas mo in public okay lang. Takot ang mga tao dito sa pulis..huli at kulong agad. Ang marami dito manyak at rapist. Lahat kami locals or foreign may ID. Lahat ng pumapasok sa county nila dadaan sa eyes scan..kaya dali lang mahuli pag may nilabag ka. Maganda ang Pinas..there is no place like home pa rin pero maraming walang disiplina at dami corrupt. Siguro dahil kulang tayo sa nasyonalismo.

      • Billy Reyes

        I live there in one state of the UAE before, been with some many places in other parts of the world. I nearly think its the best country on the planet when it comes to standard of living & the benefits for its own people. In UAE i don’t see their own citizen working as labourer or the lowest form of job. They are all on the top position in the country or having their own business. The best standard of education & health care for absolutely free.
        Fair play to them in the 50’s the UAE is a poor fishing village & diving Arabian pearl is the main livelihood. Until they discover oil & use for good of their own people. Their leader had vision & love so much their country, Sheikh Maktoom is amazing leader.

    • FILIPINOpatriot4ever

      The marcos regime was the reason for the cpp-npa insurgency.

      • skylord

        Marcos was against communism, and the communists just used Marcos’s unpopularity to gain more support for their cause. The NPA has a lot of lost command. Useless

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Psiitoon-Charoenkrung/100001362990665 Paitoonn Charoenkrung

      Martial law can be dangerous in the hand of a power hungry individual. What is needed is the change to parliamentary form of governance just like Singapore and impose strict discipline on all violators of our laws. We have laws already but lack of strict enforcement

    • dodong1

      dahil nga kasama na sa kulturang Pinoy ang pagkawala ng disiplina ang mga tao..araw araw kasi yan ang mga nakikita asal ng mga tao..halimbawa mga drivers walang disiplina, mga taong nagtatapon ng basura kung saan saan, mga politikong magnanakaw, mga pulis na nangongotong…WALA NG PAG ASA ANG ATING BAYAN DAHIL SA KA KULANGAN NG DISIPLINA AT SA WALANG PAG BABAGO ANG PANANAW NG BAWAT MAMAMAYAN…KAYA HANGGANG NGAYON NATURINGAN PARIN ISANG THIRD WORLD COUNTRY…

  • Gerald Abueva

    The two bodyguards died in vain protecting another dirty politician.

  • frudo

    bakit kasi di nalang sila pumunta sa north korea or sa china dun pare parehas sila ng ideolohiya.

  • tlb6432

    NPA is enforcing their own laws and policies now? since when did they have the power to do it? I totally agree with Sen. Guingona’s statement on this incident…

  • Pinoy Bodoh

    Mother the mayor, daughter taking over, son a senator…jeez..politics must be a family only thingy in the Philippines. How then do you get new blood and fresh ideas in? Or is it reserved only for the aristocratic? Do you then wonder how little development there is?

  • Benigno the Turd

    Ok, General Palparan is entitled to say I TOLD YOU SO.

  • MNLFoodcritic

    Noong araw, importante ang NPA para sa masa at lipunan. Sila ang tagapagligtas ng masa laban sa masamang regimeng Marcos. Ngayon? Naging malaking perwisyo na lang sila sa taumbayan. Naging walang kwenta at walang silbi. Wala nang naitutulong sa sambayanan. Naging pangkaraniwang magnanakaw, mangongotong at mamatay tao na lang. They now just hide behind an extremely outdated ideology just to achieve their criminal intent of robbery, extortion and murder. They’re now at the same level of the American Mafia.

  • http://www.facebook.com/erniegange Ernesto Gange

    I condemn the NPA’s Ambush of an old lady, a Septuagenaria, Mayor Ruth Guingona of
    Gingoog City, Philippines, and the killing of her Aides. I have met both Ruthie and her husband, the former Vice President of the Philippines, Teopisto “Tito” Guingona Jr., when they visited Philadelphia in the late 1980’s. It was Ruthie wo told me that her husband Tito was born in the Island Province of Guimaras, my home province.The NPA must be punished for their barbaric behaviour. It is about time that the Government of President Noynoy Aquino do everything in his power and eradicate these outlaws for their crimes committed against humanity and the Country. We will pray for the early and full recovery of Mayor Ruthie Guingona.

    Ernesto Gange, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
    EMAIL: erniegange@aol.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Psiitoon-Charoenkrung/100001362990665 Paitoonn Charoenkrung

    It is beyond my understanding why communism is still plaguing the country when other Asean countries have suppressed communism in their countries decades ago. What is the military doing? In Thailand, communism was very strong before especially that the neighboring countries were communist where the rebels can easily hide. However due to the relentless attacks of the Army against any communists strongholds, communism was suppressed in the end. It was also suppressed by closing any communists fronts and jailing any communist backers. For Philippines to get rid of communism, it should do all out war against the communists all over the country and jail any communists sympathizers and close down all their political fronts.

    • catalansbarce

      Good idea but it could not be applied in the Philippines where human rights activists
      are very keen watching every moves of the military to pin down the communist
      rebels. Remember Jonas Burgos, a communist person who become the headline
      line news when he was disappeared and, then, our judicial system is so lenient to the
      communist ideology.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Psiitoon-Charoenkrung/100001362990665 Paitoonn Charoenkrung

        no need to give weight or importance to the left leaning human rights of the Philippines. if our judicial system is so lenient to communist ideology then its time to overhaul this system

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002322832774 Eugenio Bravo

    mali ang ginawa ng mga npa pero wag nating idamay ang mga gumagawa ng kabutihan sa bayan lalo na ang mga luma
    laban sa mga mandarambong na gaya ng marcos enrille arroyo at mga kakutsaba nila
    tumulong tayo para di manalo ang mga pahirap sa bayan

  • jorgii0550

    Salot talaga itong mga NPA na ito.

  • zdrx

    why?

  • zdrx

    CONDEMN? is this how the government reacts to this dastardly act? the proper response to this criminal act is…KILL!!!

  • fromuniversityofthephilippines

    The Comprehensive Agreement on Human Rights & International Humanitarian Law (CAHRIHL) which the AFP spokesperson invokes can be viewed at… pls type in your url bar: marichu wordpress

  • zdrx

    CONDEMN? is this how the government reacts to this dastardly act? the proper response to this criminal act is…KILL!!!

  • zdrx

    an armed group imposing their policy in our land? did they have the mandate? who gave them the authority?

  • Carlos_Iho

    What an idiotic statement, “forced to return fire.” As if the NPA had every legitimate right to stop anybody from travelling through areas they infest.

    How can this extortionist bandits pretend to be decent? Only idiots will believe their excuse.

  • ruben_bush

    itigil na ang peace talks sa cpp-npa. maliit lang ang aramadong grupo ng mga tulisan na ito. ubusin na natin ang mga ito para tuluyan ng umunlad ang bayan. lansagin na ang terroristang cpp-npa-ndf !!! Digmaang bayan laban sa CPP-NPA-NDF !!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Psiitoon-Charoenkrung/100001362990665 Paitoonn Charoenkrung

      it will surely come to that point if the military will continue to tolerate these useless communists

  • zdrx

    we have been very careful about human rights…that the communist is taking advantage of as our weakness. yet we are still accused by the US of human rights abuse. but if you look closely, it is america that is the worst violator of human rights. torture is used in guantanamo to squeeze precious intel info. iraqi and afghan prisoners subjected to abuse by american soldiers…even disrespecting the dead!!! civilians are also victims of their firepower. until now vietnam is still suffering from the effects of agent orange.

    look also at what the brits did in malaysia fighting the communists in the 50’s. they imposed the i.d system, regulated movements and daily life…and put civilians in concentration camps. we did it here, euphemistically calling it “hamleting”…and the US condemned us, to the point of cutting aid. we tried our best to abide by the “benign side” of the human rights double standard of the US…and ran after the likes of gen. palapran…and we got stuck with the longest running insurgency in the world. and still no aid like what egypt, israel or pakistan receives. the US won’t even definitively align with us in the face of china. wont sell us jet fighters and missiles…..and even the scrap we bought from them were stripped of armaments and naval accessories. the US simply subjected us with benign neglect because of “human rights” as one of the factors.

    it is about time we have to do what our local circumstances requires: KILL…ANNIHILATE the commies. to hell with american human rights double standards.

    • Crazy_horse101010

      why does everything that happens here the americans get sucked into it. a nine year old girl got raped and killed and im sure you would find some way to blame america for it they also were the ones behind the massacre in minadano. poor baby move to north korea and enjoy their human rights. and lets look at the talibans human rights record while they are shooting school girls and blowing up schools

      • frudo

        daming galit sa america, pero di nila naiisip na ganun tlga sa mundo may isang bansang magiging siga, kahit bumaksak ang america, may lalabas at lalabas paring siga sa mundo,

    • Crazy_horse101010

      funny how you sob sisters never mention terrorists prisoners getting their heads cut of in front of cameras. you never mention the respect the terrorists do to dead bodies of their enemies like chopping off heads you never mention the hundreds of thousands of civilians killed by the cong and north vietnamese. entire villages men women and children were destroyed that is why some villages were moved. agent orange was a mistake even american solders suffered from it that is war. shzt happens like the iraqis from 1983 to 1988 in ever battle against iran they used chemical weapons even on irani cities they also used i against the kurds remember the pictures of dead kurd mothers and babies lying in the streets. but you have to be stupid to say north korea or cninas human rights are better than americas. maybe its american haters like you that are the reason there isnt more foreign aid and if you dont like what america gives. go somewhere im sure someone will give the shirt off their back maybe china or sudan. you wont hurt the american tax payers feelings any, go to europe and get on your knees and beg and say give me

  • buttones

    “We would like to remind everyone in this country that there is only one government of the Republic of the Philippines. There is only one President who is in-charge of executing the laws of this land. That is President Noynoy Aquino. He is the Commander in
    Chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines,” said Guingona.

    Well thanks’ for tha tFrankie, I for one had almost forgotten, maybe this President you speak of with his new found ‘influence’, him being in the top 100 of the most ‘influential’
    people on the planet an’ all might address this problem of continuing political
    violence?

  • Almighty Creator

    in fairness sa NPA pag may mali inaamin nila and may remorse. ang afp hardcore sinungaling sa mga violations nila!

    • ron cruz

      Hahh??? inamin ba nila ang pagkakamali nila ang ginawa nilang paglusob sa Del Monte company?

    • m1600

      INAMIN BA NILA ANG PAMBOBOMBA SA PLAZA MIRANDA?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Psiitoon-Charoenkrung/100001362990665 Paitoonn Charoenkrung

      hahaha, anong remorese, walang kaluluwa ang mga iyan. lipulin and komunista sa pinas at cguradong uunlad ang bansa

  • Handiong_Haringmakabayan

    What an utterly shameless attack. The mountain bandits are at it again. The Filipino people do not recognize your terrorist policy of extortion and use of that money to rain bullets on innocent civilians and policemen who are just doing their jobs. Since you’re ideologically insignificant, you now just kill innocent people to prove a point that you never had in the first place.

    To simplify, wala kayong punto at wala kayong rason.

  • ron cruz

    Bakit pamemerwisyo na lang ang ginagawa ng mga NPA na ‘to kundi manunog ng mga bus, maninira ng mga transmitter tower lulusubin ang mga kumpanyang di nag bibigay ng lagay papatayin ang mga guards at susunugin ang mga sasakyan at gamit tulad ng ginawa nila sa Del Monte company at sa mga minings companies, syempre kasamang napeperwisyo ang mga ordinayong manggagawa, di na natutuwa ang taong bayan sa kanila, salot na ang tingin sa kanila ng mamamayan. Sana naman maging supportive na sila sa gobyerno para magkaroon na ng kaunlaran ang bayan natin.

    • frudo

      yung ang di mangyayari dahil ayaw nila ng kaunlaran, pag umunlad ang Pinas wala ng sasali sa organisasyon nila. kaya nga pansinin mo pag mahirap ang isang probinsya at wala masyadong develepment, sigurado maraming npa dun sa lugar na yun

  • maypakialamtayo

    anong masasabi mo ngayon human rights commissioner eta rosales? kapag npa ang napapatay ang ingay mo.

  • warillaman

    Hindi ko maintindihan itong motibo ng NPA, natapos na ang idilohiya, wala na ang rehimen marcos, at ang dami pa rin kurakot politicians, pero ang napeperwisyo nila ang taong bayan mismo, ni isa wala man lang napapatay na corrupt politicians, ito dapat ang target nila, hindi ang taong bayan. dapat ang gawin nila, magpublish ng dokomento ng isang corrupt politician in the media, evidences of why he is to be killed in 7 days, at least ang taong bayan na dinadala ang pangalan na people’s army ay matutuwa pa, this should be a new brand of justice.

  • $18209031

    Kurap ba ang mga Guingonas ? Usually ang mga NPA ay against sa kurakot.

    • legislex

      Mayor Guingona only refused to pay the “campaign fee” that is charged by the NPA. This is the “special permit” to bear arms that is being referred to by the NPA’s spokesperson. You can only get said “special permit” after you pay their campaign fee.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Psiitoon-Charoenkrung/100001362990665 Paitoonn Charoenkrung

        No need to pay a cent to these bandits. They should be annihilated wherever they maybe found

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Psiitoon-Charoenkrung/100001362990665 Paitoonn Charoenkrung

      anong against sa kurakot. ang mga komunista na iyan ang mas kurakot. kung hindi ka makapagbigay patay kaagad. kurakot at mamatay tao ang mga iyan. dapat lipulin sila lahat

  • padrefaura

    hindi ba makakaliwa si senator TG? binabalikan lang sya ng halimaw na inalagaan nya noong nasa congress pa siya.

  • kinutil

    PUNTAN NA NG MILITARY ANG LUGAR NA YAN AT GIRAHIN ANG MGA NPA PARA MATAPOS NA ANG LAHAT para TUMAHIMIK NA ANG BANSA.

  • tra6Gpeche

    Parang may sarili ng gobyerno itong mga NPA sa loob ng Pilipinas. Ang Abu-Sayyaf , mayruon na rin sigurong sariling gobyerno. Mayruon pa “check point” itong mga NPA! What is happening to our so called AFP? Are they in cahoot with these violent and lawless groups? Or are they all cowards to fight this NPA & Abu-Sayyaf face to face? How could the AFP fight foreign invaders if these small groups of savages can not be annihilated? It is no wonder the Philippine government needs the US Military in the Philippines.. But even with the help of the US Military, these two lawless group still manage to spread terror and make a lot of illegal money from the innocent Filipinos.

  • wawa2172

    So meron palang Republic of NPA sa Ginoog City. What is the AFP doing and why such checkpoints of the NPA exist, hindi ba ito nakikita nang military at PNP or naduduwag yata ang nga sundalo at police natin. Madlos need not apologized to the Mayor because their organization primary purpose is to terrorized the people and source out money from innocent people by means of so corrupted revolutionary tax. They did plan to kill the mayor but unfortunately it was the brother,,a driver and a bodyguard died in protecting and shielding the old mayor. What a condemnable terrorist act but how the government will react to clean up the mess in allowing the NPA to run their business is something na nakakasama nang loob. When the government say they will apply the full force of the law, halos wala nang naniniwala at nakakasuka na. Why not do a house to house search for NPA in the region, imposed a strict gun ban and place the area in state of emergency, The people should cooperate with the authorities if they want to live in peace forever. Two republic cannot exist in one region and the NPA should banished.

  • $20926843

    This is a dire warning to the present local and national candidates all over the country, give election campaign toll fee to these NPA’s or you will be in big trouble. That’s the sad reality which this present sitting inutile and autistic president in malacanang will have a hard time addressing considering the low morale of soldiers in the AFP.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Psiitoon-Charoenkrung/100001362990665 Paitoonn Charoenkrung

      hahaha, you sound like a communists spokesman. Get rid of these bandits all over the country and this country will be in peace

  • ellatovara

    Oh mga maka NPA na kandidato … nasaan na kayo? Why not condemn and denounce the violence that these thugs are using?

  • RomyLitz

    Augusan and Surigao areas were already known to be NPA’s lair like the Negros provinces why is the government reluctant to increase military visibility in these areas with more checkpoints and sending battalions of soldiers to wipe these godless elements for good? Another parallel scheme is to adopt a national ID system and start with these NPA’s area with frequent attacks. I expect , as always the case, the present military pursuit is futile military standard operation.

  • elgeepee

    Asan ang mga pulis at sundalo. Wala bang intel ang mga iyan o puro walang kwentang paswelduhan ng gobierno. Ilagay ninyo yung hindi corrupt na pulis at sundalo at sigurado mapupuksa ang mga salot..

  • m1600

    Gawin din yang ginawa kay guingona kay Casino.

  • m1600

    maski koruptr na kandidato basta mag pang lagay sa mga kotong na npa walang problema kaya maski aso ang kandidato panalo basta hawak ng mga salot may permit to win. hahahha mga COSA NOSTRA na ang nagpapatakbo sa CPP/ NPA

  • penoy2012

    Ahhh, kaya pala tahimuk ang mga Guingona sa issue ng Political Dynasty….

  • ARNOLD GALLO

    NPA’s always criticize the government for being corrupt and human rights violator.the worst is ,they are more cruel,terror freak and corrupt than they criticizing.hoy bago kayo pumuna sa dumi ng mukha ng gobyerno tingnan nyo muna ang putik sa inyong organisasyon.

  • GustoKoHappyKa

    RED fighters = TERRORIST

    • ARIKUTIK

      Meron bang Terrorist na naga SORRY. It was a case of impulsive firing. Respect the rebels for they are armed to the teeth too otherwise do not complain if hit by the rebels bullet.

  • skylord

    How I wish people, groups of people, politicians, key figures and the Congress would denounce in public and declare these NPA’s as traitors. Mabilis nga sa pagkundena sa nangyari doon sa Sabah eh. at sana kahit sa online madami din ang magkondena sa NPA para mawalan na tlaga ng tagasuporta

    • ARIKUTIK

      Papano mawawalan ng suporta ang NPA kung corrupt ang gobyerno ng mga Hacienderos. Oppression breeds NPA and Hacienderos like Penoy oppressed the poor.

      • frudo

        so it means para sayo tama ang mga ginagawa nila, saan bansa ba walang corruption, eh kung corrupt mga pulitiko may election naman pde sila palitan, oh yun leader ng nokor pwde ba yun palitan? eh mas dynasty pa yun at mas corrupt

  • lapasan

    The government should intensify its military campaign against these armed communists. Why is the military and the police getting soft with the armed communists. The army and the police should show that they are far stronger than the NPAs otherwise the people in the hinterlands and the mainstream of our society might think that the government is incapable of dealing with these terrorists masquerading as protector of the people but all the while making life hard for them because of their atrocities. The higher ups must hold the military and PNP commanders of the field responsible of what is happening in their area of operations. Those who cannot measure up should be replaced with more capable commanders.

    • Politics without principle

      The head of our government is junk and hacienderong oppressor.

  • dodong1

    wala bang age limit ang pumapasok sa politika..78 years old di ba masyadong matanda na yan…hindi pa ba sapat sa kanila na halos buong pamilya eh controlado nila yung buong probinsya..kasuwapangan talaga ang alam ng karamihan politiko sa ating bansa…

  • Czarina0501

    Ngayon hihingi sila ng tawad dahil sa ginawa nilang ambush hindi na nito maibabalik ang dalawang buhay na nawala. Dapat supilin na yan sila! Wala silang magagawang mabuti bagkus sila pa ang lason at perwisyo sa bansa

  • WAJ

    You can not trust the enemy of the people and the government. You have to have some sort of personal protection (firearms) if you are in their territory. And you must prepare for a bloody firefight with them.

  • Allen Douglas

    The Guingonas were known supporters of the leftists and the communists. Now, they are shooting each other.

    During Marcos time, the Guingonas were also known advocates of the ANTI-DYNASTY of the many known political clans. But look at them now, they are building their own dynasty with the daughter taking the mother’s post while the son is an incumbent senator.

    HYPOCRITES!!!!

  • jat2x

    What about you casino? Why don’t you condemn this act of npa’s kung talagang di ka maka kaliwa?

  • kc

    The soldiers will pursue them, kill them and then the law will be used against this soldiers..mga bwisit. sinong sundalo ang gustong lumaban sa npa kung pagkatapos e kakasuhan pa ang mga kawawang sundalo..

  • kishbuff

    Mga TERRORISTANG NPA!!!!

  • globe_smart_sun

    Ang Daming CAFGU di to ^_^

  • Czarina0501

    Madami nang inaming kasalanan ang NPA na ‘to pero patuloy pa rin silang umaatake dapat bigyan sila ng leksyon. Dapat tugisin na yang mga rebelde na yan dahil salot sila sa ating bansa.

  • frudo

    kaya kawawa nman ang mga magulang na pagaaralin ang kanilang mga anak, sa mga unibesidad ng bayan na tapos ay mamumundok lang pag ka graduate, sayang sila.

  • Ibulgarmo Bayan

    I also agree by having a National Identification. When will start?

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