AFP blames NPA’s ‘criminal nature’ for attack on Guingona, party

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MANILA, Philippines — Military and police units have been sent to go after a group of New People’s Army (NPA) rebels, which allegedly opened fire at the convoy of Gingoog City Mayor Ruthie Guingona, wife of former Vice President Teofisto Guingona, and killed two of her aides.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) condemned the attack, saying the attack was 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,” the AFP spokesperson, Col. Arnulfo Burgos Jr., said in a statement.

(The National Democratic Front in Mindanao has denied planning an ambush on Guingona’s group, saying that when they blocked Guingona’s convoy, they had just wanted to disarm the group and talk to the mayor for not seeking their permission to campaign in areas being claimed by the NPA as under their control.  The NDF claimed that the Guingona convoy decided to ram through the roadblock, prompting the NPA to fire.)

Burgos said that while the communist rebels have been projecting themselves as “a pro-people armed group, their actions reflect their continuous violence and consistent disrespect of human rights and international humanitarian law.”

“Their actions vehemently disrespect and violate the Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law to which they are signatories,” he said.

The military official said the insurgents also violated Republic Act 9851, otherwise known as the “Act defining and penalizing crimes against International Humanitarian Law, genocide and other crimes against humanity.”

Burgos said elements of the Army’s 58th Infantry Battalion, headed by Lt. Col Evan Bermudo, have been tapped to lead the joint military and police pursuit operations against the NPA rebels who carried out the “ambush.”

Last year, he said the communist insurgents killed a total of 53 civilians. He also noted that the NPAs gunned down eight civilians and a policeman in an ambuscade in Negros Occidental early this year.

“The AFP offers its sympathies to the families of the victims. The military would like to assure our citizens that the troops in the area will strictly follow the rules of engagement and will respect and promote human rights in pursuit of the perpetrators of this attack,” Burgos said.

“The AFP also hopes that the collective call for justice of our peace-loving people compel them to surrender and adhere to the rule of law.”

Burgos said Mayor Guingona and her group were returning to the city proper of Gingoog on Saturday night when NPA rebels waylaid their convoy.

He said the mayor survived the ambush, but sustained gunshot wounds. A policeman and another civilian bodyguard were also wounded.  She was immediately brought to the Sanitarium Hospital in Gingoog and was later flown to a hospital in Cagayan de Oro City on Sunday, aboard a UH-1H Huey helicopter.

Her driver and a bodyguard were killed in the attack, Burgos said.

He said the mayor had attended a village fiesta in Barangay Upper Kapitulangan before the attack.

“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.

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  • Phoinex

    Who the hell are they to make a road block? they are insurgents, outlaws, criminals and communist rebels! their action should not be tolerated. They should be pulverize and put to justice the soonest time possible. No more negotiations! eliminate all enemy of the state.

  • Ganymede

    The gov’t should seize this opportunity and immediately declare a state of war against the NPA. Pulverize these terrorist once and for all.

  • Hunter421

    Suspend human rights against these criminals. Do whatever it takes to bring them to justice or just wipe them out.

  • Mickey Hiss

    I’d like to see what all the hot-air so-called human rights activists will say about this incident, starting with Teddy Casino.

    • patriotic_act

      I agree.. and not to mention Etta Rosales

  • jga94

    (The National Democratic Front in Mindanao has denied planning an ambush on Guingona’s group, saying that when they blocked Guingona’s convoy, they had just wanted to disarm the group and talk to the mayor for not seeking their permission to campaign in areas being claimed by the NPA as under their control. The NDF claimed that the Guingona convoy decided to ram through the roadblock, prompting the NPA to fire.)

    Ahhhh…ganun naman pala…the gall of NDF to try and explain their side…as if this explanation will justify the death of the two aides and the wounding of an elderly woman….COWARDS!Ano masasabi ni Teddy Casino dito?

    • Pinaslover

      Why do they need to ask permission? What legal right do you have to do that?…do you own those areas?…some questions i would like them to answer..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003594872047 Juan Cuevas

    The PH government should brand this groups as terrorist so that all the things that was signed by the previous administrations in Hague will be nullified. Then the AFP can do everything to chase and destroy this groups even if it means bombing their area. This militant groups does not deserve the Human Rights protection since they are once who always violates it, they even kill civilian people who are just celebrating their festivities.

    Remember the incident in Barangay Fatima, Paquibato district Davao Del Norte and when NPA tried to ambush civilians in a church celebrating a mass in Butuan CIty.

    Everyone knows that CPP-NPA-NDF is the military front while their political front is the Makabayan bloc (Bayan,KMU,Gabriela, Kabataan, Anakbayan etc.) Thats why this so called left leaning groups are silent when atrocities are committed by the NPA.

    I would even go as far to say that the PH government will save more money by removing the party list system. Kung hindi kamag anak system ang nasa party list ay mga NPA sympathizers naman. No win situation for a ordinary Juan Dela Cruz kasi binaboy nila yung intention ng party list system.

  • Nelson Dino

    The character of devil manifest in natural realm….I uproot the spirit of communism, insurgents, criminals all over the Phil. islands in Jesus name!!

  • $16638896

    I MISS GEN JOVITO PALPARAN sa mga kumakampi sa NPA, mga kupal kayong lahat!

  • patriotic_act

    Communist are nothing but a liability of our civilized society, they must be purged and eradicated so that they dont contaminate the world.. they have been tolerated long enough, if our government has a genuine political will they will start to “fix” this problem now, or else sacrificing more lives later.

  • Elnore

    Ngayon lang nalaman ng PNP na criminals ang NPAs? Of course they are criminals, they are outlaws who kill innocent people. They should be phased out of this earth, mga buwisit sa buhay yang mga taong yan. If they want to live in the mountains, they should just stay where they are and don’t bother other people who does not believe in their causes!

  • Elnore

    isa pa yang mga activist kuno na yan mga estudyante sa PUP and UP. Why can’t they just go demonstrate whatever the hell they want but why do they have to burn school properties? Hirap na nga ang mga universities tapos sisirain pa ang mga gamit, they are all insane! Mga sira ulo. They are a menace to society!

  • lens335

    They are Terrorist not communist…

  • jorgii0550

    in just a period of 5 months Gen Palparan has been credited with reducing the NPA rebel presence in Samar by 80 percent, and claims he could have eliminated the rebel presence completely had he been given an extension of duty.

    Hes Secret? He used extrajudicial abductions and killings of NPA supporters during his military service.

    • Loggnat

      How many of those killed are innocent and just in the wrong place at the wrong time? Or relatives and families of suspected NPA? There are evil on both sides and glorifying evil no matter what side is unacceptable.

  • rodben

    If Mr. Marcos was liable and paid the allege human right abuses during his term I guess Mr. casino, Mr. Satur Ocampo, Mr. Joma Sison, Ms. Eta Rosales, Mr. Llamas and Akbayan Partylist and Bayan Muna Partylist are also liable to paid and prosecute the too much human rights violations of their groups ( CPP/NPA ) its more than 100k or even half a million now together with their member returnees since early 80’s…It’s a long way to go back the peace and progress of Pinas

  • CommonSens6

    Why so quiet from the Pnoy followers regarding this report?

    • Benigno the Turd

      because they are infested with the communist movement, specially the gullible president who is advised by LLamas and beholden to Hontiveros. Palparan should shoot the lot of them.

  • boyod

    yan ang mahirap talaga sa atin naniwala tayo sa mga leftist o’ takot si noynoying sa komunista o nakibahagi. unahin nyo na si delima na ang kapatid nya ay asawa ni joma sison. bakit inilagay yan ni panot sa doj

  • boyod

    Gen PALPARAN Sir, where are you now, we need you so much especially in this time that the npa/cpp almost in control of the hinter areas back-up with their party list group like, ang bayan, gabriela at lahat na etcetera, et al and others

  • zandro santos

    NPA’s Criminal Nature — Very well said! Tumpak na tumpak sa mga bandidong NPA.

  • zandro santos

    Natanggap na ba nina Komander Teddy Casino at Komander Etta Rosales ang portion nila sa DIGMANG KOTONG ng CPP-NPA?

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