Camp Peralta, Jamindan, Capiz - A stalwart of Karapatan, Fred Caña quit as Secretary-General of Karapatan - Negros recently after a series of deliberate attacks launched by the NPA against lives, properties and government projects and infrastructures in the provinces of Negros Island.
Information from an open source said, Caña’s resignation as Secretary General of Karapatan came after pressures brought about by the La Castellana Massacre and his inability to bail out low level CPP-NPA-NDF members.
Open sources also disclosed, Fred Caña is a long time member of Karapatan and has a misunderstanding with the party and that his voice and position are being disregarded. The Karapatan top leadership has been in confusion since they don’t have people who are qualified and capable to replace Caña.
The New People’s Army (NPA), specifically the Roselyn Pelle Command in Northern Negros through its spokesperson with the nom de guerre Ka Cecil Estrella, has tagged a ranking officer of the 3rd Infantry Division, as once more singing an out-of-tune song by debunking various victories, achieved by the guerilla army in its various tactical offensives lately.
Among the issues mentioned by Ka Cecil Estrella which the military has debunked by resorting to outright lies and the usual psychological warfare are the Roselyn Pelle Command, Northern Negros, offensives against the Regional Public Safety Battalion Detachment in Libertad Village, Escalante City, on February 25, 2013, the continuing supposed "infighting" within the NPA, deaths, guerillas going AWOL, wounded, demoralized and internal strives. In addition, there is the so-called Oplan Hilamon concocted by army commanders and by Major Gen. Jose Mabanta, 3rd ID Commanding Officer, said Ka Cecil.
All of these are but psychological warfare tactics and are in fact, lies, she said.
Eighty two individuals underwent a Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD) last February 13 in Barangay Puso, Municipality of La Castellana.
It was simultaneously conducted in Barangays Puso and Cabacungan where most of the witnesses, families and relatives of the victims reside.
Participants of the Critical Incident Stress Debriefing listen intently to the resource person during the activity.* (PsPN photo)
The CISD activity is a joint undertaking of the Municipality of La Castel-lana and Paghiliusa sa Paghidaet-Negros (PsPN) in collaboration with the Diocese of Kabankalan and Fifth District Representative Alejandro Mirasol.
"All of us go through times of difficulty and times of joy. Times of difficulty can sap energy, drain emotions and break the spirit. Times of joy lift our spirit, boost self-esteem and raise the awareness of our capabilities."
A time for laughter and joy at Brgy. Puso, La Castellana
Last March 3 in Barangay Puso, La Castellana, Negros Occ. members of the 3rd Civil-Military Operations (CMO) Battalion in cooperation with the 303rd Infantry (Brown Eagle) Brigade gave a time of laughter and joy to several residents of the said barangay to help them cope with the negative effects brought about by the recent incident perpetrated by lawless elements.
Provincial candidates in Negros Occidental will sign a peace covenant at 11:30 a.m. today at the San Sebastian Cathedral in Bacolod City.
Candidates for governor, vice governor, board members, and congressmen are urged by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to sign the covenant.
The peace covenant signing is spearheaded by the PNP and the Comelec to ensure a peaceful conduct of the May 2013 midterm elections.
"We are urging all the candidates to attend," provincial election supervisor Wil Arceño said.
Two brothers in La Castellana and a resident of Pontevedra were killed in hacking and stabbing incidents, Sunday and Monday, respectively.
La Castellana Police reports revealed that brothers Gonzalo, 58, and Uldarico Capio, 56, both of Sitio Tinago, Brgy. Bi-ak na Bato succumbed to multiple hack wounds when they both attacked each other about 3PM, following a disagreement.
Initial investigation said, the younger Capio went to serve a summon against his older brother along with his companion Felix Bolandres regarding a case between Gonzalo and his nephew. However, an argument followed causing the younger sibling to attack his brother using a bladed weapon hitting him on different parts of his body. The older brother also retaliated by stabbing Uldarico several times.
Col. Oscar Lactao, commander of the 303rd Brigade here said that it is the irrelevance of the New People’s Army (NPA) which is irreversible.
Lactao issued this statement in reaction to the statement by Ka JB Regalado, spokesman of the Leonardo Panaligan Command of the NPA in central Negros claiming victory over Oplan Bayanihan in central Negros.
The CPP-NPA claimed victory over Oplan Bayanihan of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in Negros citing the increase in their strength by forty percent since the said campaign plan took off more than a year ago until the early part of 2013.
In a press statement emailed yesterday, February 25, 2013 to different media outlets here, Ka JB Regalado, spokesman of the Leonardo Panaligan Command (LPC) of the NPA in Central Negros further claimed that their mass base also grew by 35-40 percent.
"As our society continues to develop socially, politically and economically, their irrelevance is irreversible," Lactao stressed.
Two thousand one hundred six (2,106) residents of La Castellana and two thousand one hundred thirty-two (2,132) residents of Moises Padilla received the NEGROS FIRST Health Cards personally distributed by Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr. and Board Member Melvin Ibañez last Saturday.
La Castellana residents hold their cards during the Negros First Family health card distribution lead by Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon, Jr., Board Member Melvin Ibañez, and Mayor Alberto Nicor.*(Capitol photo)
Gov. Marañon emphasized that he is fulfilling his promise in provide adequate health care benefits to his constituents in line with the NEGROS FIRST Development Agenda.
The Negros First Health Card entitles the member and their dependents to free outpatient care (consultations with full course treatment medicines) and subsidized in-patient care in provincial government-run hospitals and other participating hospitals including the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in Bacolod City.
Some 400 indigent residents of communities being served by Alter Trade Corporation were benefited by the medical mission conducted by volunteers from the Da Ham Group of Goyang, South Korea, recently.
The two-day mission, on the theme "Getting Together, Reaching Out and Helping People," was held at the Dama Farm Workers Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries in La Castellana, Negros Occidental, and in Brgy. Ilijan, Bago City.
The signing of peace covenants for local candidates in Negros Occidental for the May 2013 elections will start this week, with the first signing scheduled on Friday, Feb. 22, in San Carlos City, the military said.
Col. Oscar Lactao, commander of the 303rd Infantry Brigade based in Murcia town, said the covenant aims to ensure that all candidates will uphold a peaceful conduct of the elections.
At least 12 of the 31 towns and cities in Negros Occidental, excluding Bacolod, are placed in the Election Watchlist Areas of the Philippine National Police (PNP).
Senior Supt. Celestino Guarra Jr., acting Negros Occidental police director, said Escalante City falls under Category 1, where employment of private armed groups by candidates and intense political rivalry are likely to occur. The cities of Cadiz, Victorias, Himamaylan, and Sipalay, and the towns of Manapla, Toboso, Calatrava, Moises Padilla, Binalbagan and Ilog fall under Category 2, where possible election-related incidents may take place due to the presence of armed rebels.