‘NPA vandalism an act of desperation’

first_imgThere were no nearby security cameras,however, so identifying the vandals would be difficult. The Communist Party of the Philippinesmarked its 51st founding anniversary on Dec. 26. The New People’s Army is itsarmed wing while the NDF is a coalition of revolutionary social and economicjustice organizations, agricultural unions, trade unions, and indigenous rightsgroups, among others. Aganan Bridge in the municipality ofPavia was spray-painted with the graffiti “Viva CPP NDF – Mabuhay ang 51stAnniv sang CPP NPA NDF.” As of 2019, the organization claimsthat the number of its members and supporters is growing, despite claims by thePhilippine government that the organization is about to be destroyed. PN Photo Executive Order (EO) 70 has dealt abig blow to the CPP and its armed wing, the NPA, said Vinoya. EO 70 issued by President Duterteinstitutionalized the “whole-of-nation approach” in addressing the insurgencyproblem. It is the synchronization of various government agencies’ plans andprograms to combat insurgency because guns and cannons alone could not do thejob. The CPP has been fighting a guerrillawar against the state since its establishment. Although its ranks initiallynumbered around 500, the party grew quickly, supposedly due to the declarationand imposition of martial law by former president and dictator Ferdinand Marcosduring his 21-year rule. ILOILO – The Philippine Army condemneda recent vandalism that it claimed was done by rebels. The organization remains anunderground operation, with its primary goals being to overthrow the Philippinegovernment through armed revolution. He welcomed the surrender of manyrebels this year, most of whom were NPA commanders. “What they did was an act of cowardice. They are afraid to face us and they don’t want to admit they are losing the war. Wala na silang mga tao kasi some of their men ay nag-surrender na kasi talagang nagugutom na sila,” Pancito added.center_img Vinoya expressed confidence of endingthe insurgency in Western Visayas by next year. “The vandalism was a sign offrustration. The rebels were also trying to sow fear in the community,” saidthe Army’s 3rd Infantry Division (3ID) spokesperson, Captain Cenon Pancito III. Patrolling policemen of Pavia spottedthe graffiti. The rebels used red spray paint. By 3ID’s estimate, seven rebel frontsare operating in 87 barangays cross Western Visayas./PN By the end of Marcos’ dictatorship,the number of combatants had expanded to include more than 10,000 fighters. Ina speech before the US Congress in 1986, Marcos’ successor Corazon Aquinoaccredited the party’s rapid growth as being caused by Marcos’ attempts tostifle it with the “means by which it grows” with his establishment ofmartial law, suggesting that other governments view it as a lesson when dealingwith communist insurgencies. “EO 70 aims to achieve genuine peace.Discrediting EO 70 is like rejecting peace,” said Vinoya. The 3ID commander, Brigadier GeneralEric Vinoya, declared last week: “We are gaining against the NPA. We are ontrack to winning and ending the local communist armed conflict in WesternVisayas.” “Government forces are serious infulfilling the people’s will to end the insurgency. We are trained to bealways ready,” he stressed. Vinoya warned the CPP-NPA, “Expectmore intensified combat operations. You only have two options, surrender ordie.” The CPP was formed by Prof. Jose MariaSison on Dec. 26, 1968. It was designated as a terrorist group by currentPhilippine president and Sison’s former student, Rodrigo Duterte in December2017.last_img read more

Warnock seeing best of Puncheon

first_img Leicester may have grabbed the most eye-catching win of last weekend but Palace, too, upset the odds by winning 3-2 at Everton. However, Warnock was left encouraging his players to take more risks this time out as they picked up their first Barclays Premier League home win of the season. “The lads came into the game after 20 minutes last week and we did the same today really,” added Warnock, “We were a little apprehensive because Leicester have had a good start as well. We were a little deeper than we should have been but we changed after 20 minutes and were much more positive. “At half-time we said about being more positive and I thought the wide players could win us the game. I thought they were a threat throughout and Campbell put himself about at the start of the second half and I thought he deserved his goal. To get two goals so quickly was very welcoming.” Leicester’s best chance came in a poor first half but Jamie Vardy, one of the match-winners over United, could only hit straight at Speroni. Manager Nigel Pearson admitted it was switching off at the back which cost his side a result and that the cutting edge was lacking this time out. “We didn’t defend the set-plays as well as we have done in previous games,” he said. “There was no doubting that in the first half for the most part we looked pretty comfortable. It was half an hour before they had a serious threat on our goal. “But in the second half we didn’t play with enough control, but I suppose what it illustrates is that you have to take your chances when they come along. “There were individual errors but what you have got to do against sides who put a large emphasis on set-plays is not giving them away, and we gave away a few cheap ones. But our lads are only human and you aren’t going to play perfectly all the time. Puncheon set up both of Palace’s goals in their 2-0 win over Leicester, with the Eagles now taking eight points since Warnock was installed as manager four games ago. After an even first half, Palace struck twice in three minutes with a Puncheon corner knocked down from Fraizer Campbell to scramble home, with an inch-perfect free-kick headed home by skipper Mile Jedinak soon after. Neil Warnock is seeing his Crystal Palace side benefiting on the pitch from the “dream” performances of Jason Puncheon after holding clear-the-air talks with the winger. Press Association For Leicester it was a poor performance following on from their impressive display in coming from behind to beat Manchester United 5-3 last week, as they threatened Julian Speroni only on rare occasions. A feud between Warnock and Puncheon may have threatened the 28-year-old’s career at Selhurst Park when Warnock was appointed as Tony Pulis’ successor. The Palace boss criticised Puncheon for missing a penalty in a game at Tottenham last season and the player responded with a series of Tweets which were derogatory to Warnock and, although they were eventually deleted, he was fined £15,000 by the Football Association. But Warnock insists that is all water under the bridge as he sang the praises of Puncheon’s recent performances. “We had an evening meal together and talked about it,” he said. “I think he is enjoying it here, you have bust-ups and say things. He got told the wrong side of the tale at the time but the last couple of years he has been phenomenal and we are very pleased to have him. “He probably isn’t getting as much limelight as Yannick (Bolasie), but I have told him he is a marked man this year. “When they mark Jason tight they leave Yannick space, so it is six of one and half a dozen of the other at the moment. With his contribution he is a manager’s dream at the moment.” last_img read more

Russia rejects Sochi doping claims

first_imgA former laboratory chief, Grigory Rodchenkov, has made extensive claims, including that urine samples were switched to ensure athletes tested clean.The World Anti Doping Agency says it will consider re-testing if necessary.last_img