COTABATO CITY – Police and military troops on Wednesday arrested a Saudi national believed to be a member of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) linked to Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).Brig. Gen. Samuel Rodriguez, regional police director of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region… Read More
ZAMBOANGA CITY – The leader of an Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG)-linked kidnap-for-ransom group (KFRG) was killed in a shootout with lawmen here on Wednesday.Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan Jr., commander of the Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom), identified the suspect as Samad Awang alias Ahmad Jamal of… Read More
CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao – Seven suspected combatants of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) were arrested in Datu Hoffer, Maguindanao on Tuesday, the military here reported Wednesday.Lt. Col. Rogelio Gabi, Army’s 40th Infantry Battalion commander, said that the seven BIFF… Read More
Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Debold Sinas said additional security personnel have been deployed in Datu Piang town, Maguindanao to prevent a repeat of Thursday’s attack of suspected Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) terrorists.In a statement late Saturday,… Read More
ZAMBOANGA CITY – Two supporters of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)-inspired Dawla Islamiyah (DI) remnants have surrendered to government authorities in the province of Lanao del Sur, officials said Wednesday.The two supporters surrendered two days after the parents and five siblings… Read More
BUTUAN CITY – More than 200 underground mass supporters of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) in a remote village in Agusan del Norte surrendered to the Army’s 23rd Infantry Battalion in Barangay Camagong, Nasipit town, Tuesday afternoon.Lt. Col. Julius Cesar C. Paulo, 23IB… Read More
TEDDY CASINO AND I WERE AT SOME POINT PRESIDENT OF THE COLLEGE EDITORS GUILD OF THE PHILIPPINES. My term was 1968-69.
In 1970 while in a rally, I was shot by the Metrocom in front of the old Congress building in what was the start of the First Quarterstorm.
Still with wounds fresh, I returned a few days after to be at the Battle of Mendiola. When the policemen started firing again, my group was lucky that Mang Johnny, a security guard at San Beda, recognized me and allowed us to seek refuge inside its campus, where I went to school since Grade 1.
We were able to escape using the Benedictine Abbey side gate at Concepcion Aguila when the chase was towards Azcarraga and Legarda to Bustillos.This made me think hard.
Not that I turned pale because if I did why would I even go to Mendiola? Natauhan lang ako that was not what the sacrifices of my parents and my elders was all about.
For what will I contribute to society if I were dead?Everyday I pray for the peace of those that I directly or indirectly misled by passion as a youth.
I ask forgiveness for those who died or who were disabled because of the activism I started in them. One of them, like my best friend from the Philippine Normal College, after being tortured and raped, was mutilated into pieces with a matured fetus in her womb, her remains wrapped in a black trash bag.
The difference between Ted Casino and I is I did not escalate my self into becoming a communist and a traitor to the my country.
I was an activist and up to now I am fighting for the poor and the powerless through my facile pen. My writings have harvested many reforms, the latest of which are more hospital rooms for public hospitals which just came out of the press.
But I will never use violence against this constitutional government. just because it has powerful and oppressive bad eggs in it.
That is what the democratic space is all about, you fight within the system, and you change the system using the rule of law, not the barrel of the gun or hate speech.
I consider the New Peoples Army as an enemy of the state.
Those who bear arms against my country are fair game. They have defaulted on their human rights. Those who use violence eventually die by the sword they lived on.
Unlike Ted, I also consider the Abu Sayyaf as enemy of the state.
So your analogy and hairsplitting sucks, I oppose any peace talks that involve both the New Peoples Army and the Abu Sayyaf, which are terrorist organizations.
I consider recruiting for these groups are feeding our youth to the lions.
This is why I do not make distinctions on the basis of an ideology of deceit. And I believe that it is by telling the truth, not lying, that will set us free.
Ted, now the general public know who you really are. You have stripped yourself naked in front of television. You are now persona non grata just like your fellow cadres.
CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao – Six members of the outlawed Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) surrendered Friday afternoon to military authorities with the help of local government officials of Shariff Aguak in the province.Maj. Gen. Juvymax Uy, 6th Infantry Division commander, identified… Read More
ZAMBOANGA CITY – Saying he feared for his life, a member of the Sulu-based Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) has surrendered to government authorities in Tawi-Tawi province, military officials said Saturday.Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan Jr., commander of the Western Mindanao Command, identified the ASG… Read More
ZAMBOANGA CITY–Police have arrested an Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandit allegedly involved in killing nine people in an attack more than three years ago in Basilan province, an official said Friday.Capt. Edwin Duco, Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9) information officer, identified the arrested ASG… Read More
ZAMBOANGA CITY–A mid-level leader and a member of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) involved in cross-border kidnappings were killed in separate clashes early Friday in the hinterlands of Sulu, military officials said.Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr., Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) chief, said the… Read More
ZAMBOANGA CITY–An Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandit was killed when government troops raided an ASG hideout in the province of Basilan, officials said Friday.Lt. Gen Corleto Vinluan Jr., commander of the Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom), said the 5:30 a.m. raid on Friday in Barangay Etub-Etub,… Read More