Casiño decries NPA attack on Guingona convoy

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Senatorial candidate Teddy Casiño. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

ILIGAN CITY, Philippines – Bayan Muna Representative Teddy Casiño scored communist rebels for their attack Saturday evening on the convoy of Gingoog Mayor Ruthie de Lara Guingona, mother of incumbent Sen. Teofisto Guingona III.

“I strongly criticize the New People’s Army’s military action on Mayor Ruthie Guingona’s convoy that resulted in the death and injury of civilians. What happened is wrong and unacceptable,” Casiño, a senatorial candidate, said in a statement.

“Civilians, especially women and the elderly, should be spared from such actions,” Casiño added.

Guingona’s husband, former Vice-President Teofisto Guingona Jr., has been closely allied with progressive groups like Bayan Muna, sharing with them similar nationalist stance on various social issues.

“My prayers go out to Mayor Guingona and for her speedy recovery. Likewise, I condole and offer my prayers to the families of her two companions who were killed,” Casiño said.

The 78-year-old Mayor Guingona, who is finishing her third term in office, was going home from a village fiesta in Kapitulangan, Gingoog City when her convoy was fired upon by New People’s Army guerrillas.

She suffered bullet wounds in the arms and feet and  is now recuperating in a Cagayan de Oro hospital. But her two aides were killed, and three more in her party were wounded after a brief gunfight with the rebels.

Allan Juanito, spokesperson of the NPA in northern Mindanao, quickly issued an apology for what it cited as an “unfortunate incident.”

But even with this, Casiño told the NPA “to make a thorough investigation, hold those responsible to account, take remedial actions and make amends to the victims’ families.”

He also suggested to have the incident taken up before the Joint Monitoring Committee on the Comprehensive Agreement on Human Rights and Respect for International Humanitarian Law of the peace process between government and the National Democratic Front, political front of the Communist Party of the Philippines.

Juanito claimed that Guingona’s convoy refused to honor an NPA checkpoint by ramming through a bamboo roadblock the guerrillas set up and opening fire when they were flagged down.

In a statement, Juanito said that since the NPA set up three checkpoints in Gingoog starting April 15, four of Guingona’s campaigners were held in Barangay Samay.

These campaigners, according to Juanito, were explained the NPA’s policy regarding campaign sorties inside rebel-held areas. The same policy was told Guingona herself through cadres who contacted her through the phone, he Juanito.

These checkpoints are among the various ways the communist rebels assert military dominance in some of the rural areas of the region in support of the CPP’s five-year program unveiled in 2009 seeking to even its armed strength with that of government.

In an earlier statement, Juanito said they are opening the guerilla zones to the campaigning of politicians as long as they “recognize the Red political power and respect the revolutionary policies …”

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  • patriotic_act

    napilitan..

    how about Etta Rosales? havent heard from her lately..

    and about the NPA conducting checkpoints.. is it even tolerated now? I believe the AFP has the prerogative to tear down this NPA checkpoints, this people has no respect to the law and why would we respect theirs?

    • ThePattern

      pilit na pilit, panay pa lunok

      • patriotic_act

        I agree, this sc*m was forced to sympathize with the victims to show he’s “genuine affection”.. since he is running for a senate seat.

        and we all know there’s bunch of d*mb voters around that he will be able to fool..

        thats why we need to suspend the “right to vote” of all squatters, illegal settlers and non-taxpaying sc*ms of this country.

      • ThePattern

        Erap will benefit so much from these d u m b voters, but that’s another topic. you are right, if not for his candidacy, these leftist (not a communist as he says) will keep mum on this issue.

    • Erwin Rafael

      The NDF HATES Etta precisely because she brings to task the NPA for human rights violations:

      http://bulatlat.com/main/2010/07/09/groups-slam-possible-chr-appointment-of-mccarthyist-etta-rosales-who-echoed-afps-line-on-killings/

      As evidenced by this

      http://www.pna.gov.ph/index.php?idn=2&sid=&nid=2&rid=498563

      Let us not lump all progressives into one bloc.

    • Sarkasmos

      Etta Rosales and Akbayan are Rejectionists –meaning they are against Joma Sison as in he has been rejected by this group. In fact, the communists want Etta Rosales, Joel Rocamora and others dead. On the other hand, Casino, Gabriela and Bayan Muna are Reaafirmist–remaining loyal to Joma Sison.

      • patriotic_act

        oh well them leftist, activist, rallyist and communist all look the same to me

  • mad_as_Hamlet

    * * * * *
    ““I strongly criticize the New People’s Army’s military action on Mayor Ruthie Guingona’s convoy that resulted in the death and injury of civilians. What happened is wrong and unacceptable,” Casiño, a senatorial candidate, said in a statement.”

    ““Civilians, especially women and the elderly, should be spared from such actions,” Casiño added.”
    – – – – –

    I am sorry, Mr. Rep. Casino. But that’s not good enough. The fact that you are running for Senator necessarily implies that you believe in our democratic system of government, which in turn implies that there are no good and sufficient reasons for the CPP-NPA-NDF to seek the violent overthrow of the government. Unless of course you have other ulterior motives in seeking a seat in the Senate—-in which case you are not acting in good faith and are foisting a deception upon the electorate.

    What would be good enough? You have to publicly call upon the NPAs to lay down their arms and return to the fold of the law.

    If you don’t do it, then many will be justified in considering your statements to the NPA as “constructive criticism.”

    • patriotic_act

      well said..

      If he is not a communist like what he said that he is, he should publicly denounce the CPP-NPA and call upon their re-integration to our civilized society.

      but as far as my opinion is concerned, he is still a communist trying to get a senate seat.

    • tortaking

      Hello! Hindi pwede mag kondena si ginoong Casino sa anomang gawain ng anomang sangay ng partidong komunista. Pwede lang siya pumona, kaya hanggang “criticize” lang siya. “Pumona at pumona ng sarili” ang gawain ng mga miyembro ng partido komunista. Paglabag nitong patakaran nila ay hahantong sa napakabigat na parusa.

    • http://twitter.com/gfarishta gibreel farishta

      good thing if his comrade would listen to him! well, maybe some, upon the fold of a pork barrel fund!

  • david

    ows?! pa-papel kalang casino dahil election.

  • Mickey Hiss

    Hello Mr. Casino: Please use the word “condemn’ instead of ‘criticize.’ You may deny you’re a communist but your past columns in BW encouraged revolution or overthrow of the Philippine government in favour of a ‘leftist’ regime. If he gets voted into the Senate, there is going to be the suspicion his pork barrel will fund ‘leftist’ rebels.

    • http://twitter.com/alfs_alfs Pons Corpuz

      I agree on this. “Criticize” for their group just mean that there are some mistakes in the implementation of the attack. Casino is still with the NPA in principle of doing this kind of criminal activities.

    • tortaking

      Hello! Hindi pwede mag kondena si ginoong Casino sa anomang gawain ng anomang sangay ng partidong komunista. Pwede lang siya pumona, kaya hanggang “criticize” lang siya. “Pumona at pumona ng sarili” ang gawain ng mga miyembro ng partido komunista. Paglabag nitong patakaran nila ay hahantong sa napakabigat na parusa.

  • nicosan fopalan

    huwaaaatttt!! may sariling checkpoint ang NPA? ano ginawa ng army sa checkpoint na since April 15 pa??

    • calipso_2100

      May share cguro sa kita ng checkpoint.

  • kishbuff

    Bah, si Casino ba yun? Hmmm…. eleksyon kasi. Baka sakaling makakuha ng simpatiya! hahahaha! Ka Teddy, pagsabihan mo mga alipores mo. Sabihin mo kung gagawa ng ganyan, yun tapos na ang halalan. Pero di nagkakamali ang pananaw ng taumbayan, talagang mga terorista ang NPA!!!!

  • Mel

    Election period na nga talaga.

  • hu_yu

    napilitan si casino dito ah
    c etta rosales, tahimik
    pero pag kinatay na yung mga npa, biglang mag aalburoto to si rosales, human rights kuno
    buset

  • $5699914

    Eyng?
    Galing ng palabas, ah!

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

    So Teddy Casiño denies that him and the Makabayan bloc are fronts of CPP-NPA-NDF. Here is a link of a old news video that confirms that Makabayan bloc is part of NPA.

    /watch?v=AXnMEk5eUks

    Dont vote this communist party ng hindi sila magkaroon ng access sa pera ng taong bayan (PDAF). Ang pagboto sa kanila ay para na rin pagbibigay ng armas sa mga terrorista ito.

  • sadam_ortiz

    we need the like of mr casino in the senate which had long been dominated by self-serving traditional politicians. go,go mr casino, you have our 100 percent support

    • barong

      Aminado, ayaw natin ng trapo at political dynasty. Pero ang pinaguusapan natin dito ay NPA atrocities at human right violations. Si Casino noon pa man ay supporter na ng NPA at CPP panahon pa nung nasa UPLB siya. Huwag na lang siyang maging plastik. If he really want changes in our corrupt government system, he should start by condemning the violence made by the CPP/NPA, encouraging them to totally lay down their arms and instead undertake peaceful reforms.

  • JosephNess

    Juanito claimed that Guingona’s convoy refused to honor an NPA checkpoint by ramming through a bamboo roadblock the guerrillas set up and opening fire when they were flagged down.

    why should they respect and why is the military allowing them to put their own check point, can’t they do anything?

    • patriotic_act

      I agree.. allowing or tolerating the NPA’s antics of setting up checkpoints on their supposed “territory” only means that we are patronizing their activities.. there will be NO TERRITORY of anybody here as long as they are on Philippine Soil they are under the Philippine Government.

      And I will totally support an all out eradication of all Communist NPA Rebels.. either by bombing them or gassing them all together with their families and sympathizers.

      • JosephNess

        thanks…our military is really weak both in number and arms, thus, the government must do something about it…what its 90M people should do is encourage its youth to join the force, sad to say, most of our youth are idle doing nothing productive and unemployed…our government must seriously look into this…just my opinion…

      • patriotic_act

        I definitely agree.

  • sadam_ortiz

    we need the like of mr casino in the senate which has long been dominated by the trapos. go go mr. casino. we are behind you

    • http://twitter.com/alfs_alfs Pons Corpuz

      so sa tingin mo hindi trapo si casino? Where have you been?

    • Alexander Barreda Young

      ikaw lang…wag mo isama ang iba
      ayaw namin sa kanya

    • zandro santos

      Hoy! anong “WE need”? Kayo mga leftist-terrorist lang ang may gusto sa kanya. Wag nyo kaming idamay. Eto dapat ang sabihin mo: we COMMUNIST-TERRORISTS need the like of mr casino in the senate which has long been dominated by the trapos. go go mr. casino. we LEFTIST-TERRORIST are behind you in DIGMANG KOTONG!

  • JosephNess

    plastic at papel ito ang kahulugan ng balitang ito…plastic ang pahayag at pumapapel para makaluko ng boto…

  • GustoKoHappyKa

    style bulok…

  • Ramil Abalon

    Mali yan pakitang tao yan…dapat tawagan mo si jaladoni at yung pinaka leader ng NPA sa nORTHERN MINDANAO NA E PROSECUTE SA CANGAROO COURT…YUNG GUMAWA NG KARUMAL-DUMAL NA ACTION…AT E TURN OVER YAN SA POLICE

  • ApoNiLolo

    Wow! Casino finally criticized his comrades after Honteveros pointed out his “silence” when it comes to NPA abuses.

    Ang tao nga naman, mag papanggap o mag kukunwari, para lang hindi masabing maka-pula even if it’s an open secret that he is the CPP-NPA connection inside the government.

  • Ibulgarmo Bayan

    I appreciate what Senator Guingona was saying that peace talks must have to continue despite of the recent atrocity that happened to his mother.

  • repapips

    burahin na yang mga NPA na yan.

  • MULEN

    The statement should be taken with a grain of salt as it’s being uttered by Teddy Casiño the senatorial candidate. This is just but a futile attempt at damage control. Bayan Muna, of which he’s just a member, has remained steadfast in its position to remain silent on matters pertaining to atrocities committed by the left while clandestinely colluding with the NPA in its effort to topple any duly elected government. Kaya pagkatapos niyang magbalik galing sa kangkungan pagkatapos ng eleksyon, payo ko kay Teddy Casiño: subukan niya ang mag-audition sa Bubble Gang kasama si Renato Reyes. Galing niya sa acting at pagpapatawa.

  • Mark

    PLASTIK, Sa ilong lumabas ung statement. Sa dami ng perang ibinigay ng NPA para sa kampanya mo Casino sa kangkungan ka pa rin pupulutin. Alam ng bayan na sa NPA mo lang ibibigay ung Pork Barrel mo.

    Ramon Magsaysay, Jr.
    (Nagsiwalat ng mga Fertilizer scam at iba pang scam sa panahon ni GMA)

    Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel
    (Hindi Trapo, Totoo ang hangarin tumulong sa mahihirap)

    Bam Aquino
    (Hindi Trapo, boses ng mga kabataan at edukasyon)

    Richard Gordon
    (Hindi Trapo, kilala sa pagtulong sa mahihirap)

    Edward Hagedorn
    (Magaling na mayor ng Puerto Princesa, kailangan natin ang gaya nya sa Senado)

    Jamby Madrigal
    (Lumaban sa C5 scam ni Villar)

    Aquilino Pimentel III
    (May prinsipiyo, umalis sa UNA para hindi makasama ung mandaraya sa eleksyon)

    Grace Poe
    (Hindi Trapo, Maganda magtrabaho noong nasa MTRCB pa sya)

    Alan Cayetano
    (Numero-unong kaaway ni GMA at FG Mike)

    Antonio Trillanes IV
    (Numero-unong kaaway ni matandang Enrile, GMA at FG Mike)

  • Crysis_III

    Mga Salot sa Lipunan.. NPA… Mga terorista sa Pilipinas.

  • Boardinggate101.com

    halata haha

  • m1600

    a month ago a former npa rebel was killed by his former comrades in san andress catanduanes together with his seven month pregnant wife pati yung bata na hindi pa sinisilang pinatay na ng mga salot na NPA

  • m1600

    tupperware ka casino.

  • zandro santos

    “Criticize” lang? Hindi puwede CONDEMN? Plastic! Gaano kabigat sa loob mong i-criticize ang terrorist-wing nyo? Ngayon ka lang nagreact dahil ina ng senador ang biktima at mga bodyguards nya. Bakit kung ordinaryong tao ang napatay ng NPA kagaya nung La Castellana massacre sa Negros last January at pagpatay sa isang magsasaka doon, tahimik ka? Kapal ng mukha mong sabihing makamasa ka ipokrito! Terrorista! Magkano na ang nabulsa mo sa DIGMANG KOTONG nyo?

    • tortaking

      Hello! Hindi pwede mag kondena si ginoong Casino sa anomang gawain ng anomang sangay ng partidong komunista. Pwede lang siya pumona, kaya hanggang “criticize” lang siya. “Pumona at pumona ng sarili” ang gawain ng mga miyembro ng partido komunista. Paglabag nitong patakaran nila ay hahantong sa napakabigat na parusa.

      Pasensya nalang sa kanila. Ganyan lang talaga, hangang “criticize” lang si ginoong Casino.

  • eltee mulawin

    ….sabi Mr. Teddy C…I strongly criticize the New People’s Army’s military action … that resulted in the death and injury of civilians. What happened is wrong and unacceptable,” ” Civilians, especially women and the elderly, should be spared from such actions,”

    >>> Masyado naman malumanay at may pahiwatig pa sa NPA na mali ang pangyayari. Kaya naman humingi ng paumanhin ang NPA sa hindi inaaasahan naganap na pangyayari.

    >>>Hindi obvious ang magkasunod pahayag na parang nag-uusap sila thru media.

  • jcsantos

    So this is the only time you criticize NPA, when voting period draws near? Fantastic! EVERYONE knows how you’ll react to future NPA atrocities after elections.

  • ruben_bush

    Eh si Satur bakit tahimik??? Si Liza Masa ng Gabriela, si Palatinio, yang Anakpawis, Migrante, ACT, Bayan. LFS, …. bakit di kayo kumibo??? Naghihintay pa ba kayo ng kautusan mula sa itaas??? Eh yung mga bosing sa Holland?? Joma,,,, Jalandoni, Agcaoilli..(di yung Asya Agcaoilli na kasayaw ni Joma) .. anong say niyo??? Tahimik yata kayo????

  • ruben_bush

    Si Neri Colmenares tahimik din!!! tatakbi uli sa party-list yan. aba’y kailangan mag criticise ka rin para di halata….. puna lang naman di ba?? sana’y naman kayo sa PPS pagpuna at pagpuna sa sarili. Ganun naman kayo, tapos na mapuna uulitin uili. Walang pinagkaiba sa simbahang katoliko–pagka kumpisal, gagawa uli ng kasalanan.

  • askal2u

    pulbosin na kasi mga NPA at nang mabura na sila sa mundo, mga salot sa lipunan mga tulisan at teroristang yan

  • bayankopdi

    DAPAT MGA NPA NA MAGSURRENDER TANGGAPIN AT YUNG AYAW PATAYIN LAHAT HANGGANG MAUBOS SILANG LAHAT…YAN LANG ANG SOLUSYON HINDI PEACE TALKS KUNG SAAN SAAN PA GASTOS LANG YUN…ILANG PEACE TALKS NA ANG NANGYARI BUHAT NUONG PANAHON NI MARCOS? MAHIGIT ISANG DAAN NA…LAGI PA SA EUROPE DINADAOS…MAY NANGYARI BA?…WALANG WALA…PATAYIN ANG MGA SALOT…ETONG SI CASINO HALATANG DI MO SILA MAITAKWIL…PAANO KASAMA MO SILA…DAPAT DUON KA NA LANG, TRAIDOR!!!!

  • tortaking

    Hello! Hindi pwede mag kondena si ginoong Casino sa anomang gawain ng anomang sangay ng partidong komunista. Pwede lang siya pumona, kaya hanggang “criticize” lang siya. “Pumona at pumona ng sarili” ang gawain ng mga miyembro ng partido komunista. Paglabag nitong patakaran nila ay hahantong sa napakabigat na parusa.

    Dito ninyo makita na sinosunod lang ni ginoog Casino ang utusan o patakaran ng partido komunita at kung ano talaga ang kanyang pagkatao. Kahit anong di pag-amin niya na hindi siya miyembro ng partido komunista, ang isda ay mahuhuli rin sa sariling bibig.
    Kay ginoong Satur Ocampo lang siya makikinig, ang sabi niya. Kasi sila ni Satur ang magkakolektiba. Ganon ang patakbo ng partido.

  • dandankid

    Punta na lang sila sa NOKOR at agawin nila ang pamumuno ni totoy doon.

  • boyod

    why blame rep casino, etta rosales, at ibpa. itong [pangulo nyo na panot na tangingot ang pagbuntunan nyo nang sisi. tingna na nyo yung mga alipores nya sinasakal tayo nang pa kunti-kunti at nga-nga nang nga-nga lang itong si panot parang kapatid nya na si KRISing

  • rolando mendoza

    ang perception ng mga pilipino maka komunista ka at dahil sa ginawa ng npa sa pag ambush sa grupo ni mayot guingona, lalo kang hindi iboboto ng mga tao dahil sa galit nila sa npa.

  • Yobhtron

    Aba sa tagal ng panahon ngayon lang nagcriticize si Teddy Casino rubbing alcohol. Kahit ano pa sabihin mo ay alam ng taumbayan na kumunista ka at salot sa lipunan. Kayong mga NPA ay pahirap sa mga mahihirap na probinsya dahil sa inyong mga revolutionary tax. Pinapatay pa niyo ang mga kamiyembro niyo na umaalis sa grupo niyo.

  • wawa2172

    It is not about election, at least Casino is the only Bayan Muna representative na pumuna sa ginawang mali nang NPA. Etta, Hontiveros of Akbayan did not even utter a word. Casino could be an equalizer in the senate and we do not have to judge outright that he spend his pork on guns for the NPA. Makikita naman kung saan ginasto ni Teddy ang pera nang bayan and COA can check on it. Teddy cannot win in the senate but if he does sure that senate will think twice to do anomalies because he is more than a Ping Lacson who will expose it. The truth however is that,Teddy has no chance to win in the senate, he is not from a dynasty and too poor to buy the votes of the people. At least he tried.

  • rjmind

    how can you be a leftist without being a communist? judging the people he is working with or associated with…

  • rjmind

    what authority has the NPA to put a checkpoint in that area…we have one GOVERNMENT, ONE MILITARY…in my strong words what the NPA IS DOING is abhorrent…

    • rjmind

      and why the military is allowing it? don’t tell that you don’t know those check points…you have all the intels at your disposal…INUTILE? ahhhhh when this things will come to an end…

  • HoyGago

    Mukhang nagpapakatrapo na si Casino. Umaatras na siya mula sa kilusan para lang manalong senador. Trapo.

  • damiranda126

    I strongly criticized? What about “I strongly condemned this barbaric action”. You just cannot say that ha? You are a wolf covered in sheep fur. Hello, we are not istupido!

  • Guest

    liar….. everything you said is all lies and illusion because you have mastered the art of deception from the communist… the NPA implement the permit to campaign to gain fund to support their bet in the incoming election one them is you…..

  • doloresmagtangol

    liar….. everything you said is all lies and illusion because you have mastered the art of deception from the communist… the NPA implement the permit to campaign to gain fund to support their bet in the incoming election… one of them is you….. or may be not…. is up to us readers who to vote… may god bless our mother land….

  • http://twitter.com/gfarishta gibreel farishta

    all wonders comrade casino didn’t claim the gunmen were actually government troops disguise as rebels. should have been a nice scenario.

  • AllinLawisFair

    Mr. Casino is running for an elective position in the government his Communist friends or even he himself have been fighting against for years. He denies being a communist himself but admits being a leftist which in our view is one and the same thing in this country. If he becomes a member of the Senate he will be a Trojan horse who may wreak havoc in a democratic institution.

  • Rizal Bayani

    Patriotic Filipinos should defy this NPA murderers! There is only one government. The CPP-NPA/NDF has no place in this Republic.

  • durian

    Casiño told the NPA “to make a thorough investigation, hold those
    responsible to account, take remedial actions and make amends to the
    victims’ families.”—- Para atang wala sa katinu-an dito mag salita si Bayan Representative Teddy Casino? Bakit nga “criticise” lang? He he he obvious talaga ano ka Teddy, mga kasamahan mo kasi sumablay sa operasyong armado nila he he he malas nyo at masyado kayong ‘hot’ sa Permit to campaign -permit to win na raket ng mga kasamahn mong komunista. Ngayon, unti-unti ng nakikita ang tunay na mga balahibo mo ka Teddy.

  • durian

    In an earlier statement, Juanito said they are opening the guerilla
    zones to the campaigning of politicians as long as they “recognize the
    Red political power and respect the revolutionary policies …”—AY TALAGA NAMANG SIRA ANG MGA KUKUTI NG MGA KRIMINAL NA KOMUNISTANG ERI, HANE? Anong ‘policies’ pinagsasabi nito?? Haler…, wala po kayo sa Tsina, sa Pilipinas po kayo, hindi kayo ang goyerno dito sa Pilipinas mga kriminalna NPA kayo, lumayas kayo dito sa Pilipinas doon kayo bagay sa Tsina mga baliw!

  • $16638896

    OGAG ka Teddy Casino! wag ka sa manalo, sayang buwis namin sayo kung ibibgay mo lng sa mga kupal na NPA, mga bwiset kayo!

  • maysayako

    i really wouldn’t mind kung ang inambush ng mga npa are the likes of imelda,imee & bongbong marcos; erap; gloria, mike & mickey arroyo; miss pinky lacson and palparan…

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