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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

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