NDFP-Southern Mindanao Region
releases 4 POWs
October 8, 2011
GPH Public Attorney's Office Chief
Percida Acosta and North Cotabato
town mayors, who witnessed the turn over ceremonies, pose with the four POWs
|Photos from the Facebook account of Marco Valbuena|
Read by a representative of the Herminio
NDFP-SMR Statement on the Release of the Four POWs
Today, the New People’s Army undertakes the
safe and orderly release of four of its prisoners of war in compliance
with the political decision reached by the National Democratic Front of
the Philippines. Released on humanitarian grounds in recognition of the
various appeals made by the independent humanitarian mission are POWs Jail
Inspector Murphy Bomoway Todyog (Badge No. 0-08021), Jail Warden Erico
Dacillo Llamasares (Badge No. 0-07022), Special Jail Officer 2 (SJ02)
Rogelio Begontes (Badge No. 960187), and Jail Officer 1 (JOI) Rolando
Delta Bajoyo, Jr.
The four POWs were taken in custody as a
result of the NPA operation that led to the release of Dennis Rodenas on
July 21, 2011 in Brgy. Sinuda, Kitaotao, Bukidnon. At the time of their
capture, they were fully armed but were effectively neutralized and
disarmed of 13 firearms by the operating troops of the Herminio Alfonso
Command-Guerilla Front Committee 53.
They were consequently declared as prisoners
of war to accord them protective status guaranteed by international laws
governing armed conflicts which are adhered to by the New People’s Army.
By arguing that the taking of prisoners in a
war is a criminal act of “kidnapping” and “hostaging”, the GPH tries to
time and again baselessly criminalize the legitimate acts of war by the
armed revolutionary forces. And by imposing its twisted view that the NPA
has no right to grant POW status, the CPP has retorted sharply in its
August 13, 2011 statement:
“The statement of the GPH negotiating panel
condemning the granting of POW status to the NPA captives betrays a poor
understanding of international humanitarian law and a predilection to
selectively apply it against the CPP- NPA-NDF while refusing to recognize
the status of belligerency of the revolutionary forces.
On the one hand, the GPH measures the
revolutionary forces against the standards of international humanitarian
law and human rights protocols which govern the conduct of states and
belligerents. Yet it denounces such humanitarian acts as according
prisoner-of-war status to captives and insists on treating the
revolutionary forces as criminals instead of a belligerent force engaged
in a civil war.”
Today’s event underscores the AFP’s failure to
realize its mission of “rescuing” the four POWs through the sheer might of
its military superiority. The military operations by several battalions of
the 602nd Brigade-6th Infantry Division and the 403rd Brigade-4th
Infantry-Eastern Mindanao Command-AFP only succeeded in endangering the
lives of the NPA captives and in delaying the processes leading to their
And so today, as we release them to the International Committee of the Red Cross, to the third party intercessors that formed the independent humanitarian mission and to their families, it is our fervent hope they were able to have a better understanding of the roots of the armed conflict, the application of the principles and laws of human rights and international humanitarian law in the course of this civil war and the aspirations and revolutionary cause of the Filipino people.#
Mayor Dano and military escorts..
The four POWs read their Orders of Release
Members of the Conrado Heredia Command, the NPA custodial unit
of Mayor Dano and the two POWs, in a formation during the program
Members of the Conrado Heredia Command, the NPA custodial unit
of Mayor Dano and the two POWs, in a formation during the program
HAC-NPA custodial unit in a formation during the program
for the turn over ceremonies.
A representative of the International Committee of the Red Cross. Photos taken during the release of BJMP Personnel NPA Prisoners of War Jail Inspector Murphy Bomoway Todyog, Jail Warden Erico Dacillo Llamasares , Special Jail Officer 2 (SJ02) Rogelio Begontes , and Jail Officer 1 (JOI) Rolando Delta Bajoyo, Jr. in Magpet, North Cotabato last October 8.
Members of Herminio Alfonso Command, the NPA custodial unit of the four POWs
Representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross
GPH Fails to Release JASIG-Protected Individuals and
Delays Resumption of Formal Talks on October 31
The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP)
is eager to resume formal talks with the Government of the Philippines (GPH)
to address the roots of the armed conflict and forge agreements on basic
social, economic and political reforms in order to pave the way for a just
and lasting peace in the Philippines.
But the GPH has once more failed to comply with its
obligations under the Oslo Joint Statements of January and February 2011
to release most if not all of the 17 JASIG-protected individuals (before
June 2011 to the present), on or before the deadline of 10 October to
allow participants of both the GPH and the NDFP to prepare for their
participation in the peace negotiations in Oslo starting 31 October.
The Royal Norwegian Government, the third party
facilitator in the GPH-NDFP peace negotiations, has expected the GPH to
comply with its obligations on or before 10 October to enable the RNG to
prepare the next round of formal talks in Oslo.
By failing to perform its obligation, the GPH has made
impossible the resumption of formal talks on 31 October in Oslo. It has
practically sabotaged the agreement to hold a new round of formal talks
from 31 October to 12 November 2011.
Sincere in its desire to continue the peace
negotiations, the NDFP is patient and willing to wait from day to day for
the GPH to comply with its obligations. It is the responsibility and shame
of the GPH that the schedule of formal talks will be delayed from day to
day and possibly ad infinitum because obviously the GPH is not interested
in pursuing the peace negotiations with the NDFP.
The GPH only wants to talk about peace negotiations but
not to really negotiate seriously and to forge agreements on basic social,
economic and political reforms. It merely wants pacification and
capitulation of the revolutionary movement in compliance with the
US-dictated Oplan Bayanihan, a brutal counterrevolutionary campaign
masquerading as a peace and development program.
But the revolutionary movement has long been prepared for this policy of deception by the GPH. The NPA has time and again shown its capabilities for advancing the armed revolution of the people. The crisis of the ruling system of big landlords and compradors continues to worsen and fuel the anger and resistance of the Filipino people. The revolutionary movement is in a good position to defend and protect the people from the ravages of the ruling classes and their imperialist masters. #
AFP: a master in double talk
In the heels of the National Democratic Front
and the Southern Mindanao Party Regional Committee-CPP announcements of
the order of release of the four Prisoners of War from the PNP/BJMP, the
two 75th IB-4th ID intelligence officers and Mayor Henry Dano, EastMinCom
spokesperson Col. Leopoldo Galon, Jr. reacted in ways meant to undermine
the public’s positive response to the exercise of revolutionary political
authority by the people’s democratic goverment. And in the process, he
issues self-contradictory and in fact, silly pronouncements that reek with
Col. Galon suddenly sang a different and
In a clear case of double speak, he quickly
forgets and contradicts his previous statement by stating that they can’t
implement a SOMO unless their higher headquarters tell them.
Second, he offers an infantile and silly
suggestion: that in lieu of formal process which ensure the safe and
orderly release of the six POWs and Mayor Dano, for the custodial units to
just leave the NPA detainees in any barangay road and let them find their
way towards the nearest town center.
And third, he states that military offensive operations will continue unless a SOMO is ordered. But when it became clear that the NPA custodial units are able to undertake safe and orderly release procedures through the intercession of reasonable GPH local officials, religious groups and peace advocates sans any clear and official SOMO/SOPO declaration, the EastMinCom claims otherwise. In the end, the AFP was left out in the sidelines, exposed as a den of liars consumed in their fascist arrogance. In fact two days before the release, the 4th ID and 10th ID deployed more troops in Kitaotao, Bukidnon, Compostela in Compostela Valley province and in Cateel, Davao Oriental. And even as Malacanang spokesperson Edwin Lacierda confided that they were still conferring with AFP ground commanders, the release was already undertaken.
Still discontented with his illogic, Col.
Galon hurriedly composes an implausible postscript: that the releases were
a cover-up to the bad press earned from the punitive actions against the
environmentally destructive large-scale mining operations in Surigao.
He stretches his wild mind further: thanking
the NPA for giving the AFP free time away from combat and pursuit
operations because he imagines that the NPA was forced to concentrate in
guarding the NPA detainees!
While at it, Col.Galon bares his bothered
brain, now unable to recall that the NDF and CPP release decisions (Sept.
29 and Sept. 30 respectively) came before the Surigao mining sanctions
(Oct.3), and he easily forgets too that it was the EastMinCom who just
recently received a scathing rebuke from their own commander-in-chief for
incompetence in the aftermath of the NPA actions. Indeed, since confusion
springs from agony, it would be unfair to expect clear thinking from Col.
Galon’s distressed mind.
Public disinformation and duplicity are
matters of policy for the AFP. The tale about the supposed “abduction” by
the NPA of tribal leaders Datu Lorenzo Pendio and Marcelino Gumatao of
Paquibato district, Davao City reveals tons about AFP program.
When Datu Gumatao told the truth, that he
stayed with his relatives in Brgy. Malabog, Paquibato and was not taken by
the NPA, the AFP mouthpiece, Col. Galon, 10th ID spokesperson Lt. Col.
Leopoldo Paniza and 10th ID Civil Military Battallion Commander Major Jake
Obligado are all suddenly silent. Datu Gumatao himself exposed the AFP
story as a mere fabrication to justify a 10th ID-AFP instigated “pangayaw”
or tribal vengeance to lay the grounds for the intrusion of mining
companies in Paquibato and divert attention from protests against AFP
militarization of civilian communities.
Indeed, the truth-just cause-will set the
people free. And the deceitful and the unjust will be placed in the
(Sgd.) Rubi Del Mundo
An NPA guerrilla reads the verdict of of the Communist Party of the Philippines
absolving the BJMP personnel of any "crime against the people" and setting them free
An NPA amazon who heads the custodial unit that held the four BJMP
personnel for 78 days signs the individual release paper of the prisoners of war
The guerrillas and the community that took care of the captives.
A government physician
checks the state of health of the POWs before they are turned over to the
government and civilian
Fr. Paul Paracha of the Sowing Seeds for Peace
and Makilala Mayor Rudy Cauagdan turn-over
the POWs to Gov. Emylou "lala" Mendoza
GPH Mayor Dano’s two military intelligence escorts
Following is a transcript:
Ako po si Alan P. Saban, 8464
Infantry Philippine Army, 6th ID-Philippine Army. Naassign po ako sa unit
ng 75th IB, 6th ID, Infantry Philippine Army. Inaamin ko na myembro ako ng
Battallion S2 ng 75th IB at aktibo sa gawaing paniktik laban sa
rebolusyonaryong kilusan at anti-insurgency na kampanya ng AFP. Isa akong
SIGENT ng 75th Infantry Battalion, S2 naka-assign dati sa Maramag,
hanggang sa dumating kami ng Surigao del Sur. Nang dumating kami ng
Surigao del Sur, doon kami na-assign kay Mayor Henry Dano na bilang isang
mayor ng Lingig, Surigao del Sur. Nag-establish kami ng mga asset para
magmonitor sa area ng Lingig at kung ano pa yung mga activities ng mga
Ngayon, taos puso akong
humihingi ng tawad sa demokratikong gobyerno sa katawhan, Bagong Hukbong
Bayan at sa masa. Nangako ako na hindi na ako sasali sa anumang gawain ng
paniktik laban sa rebolusyonaryong kilusan sa ilalim ng AFP, PNP at sa
lahat ng ahensya ng armadong pwersa ng Government of the Philippines at
pinapangako ko rin na matigil ako bilang isang sundalo. Kung ano man yung
mga activities ng AFP, hindi na ako sasali. Humihingi ako ng kapatawaran
sa inyo na sana makalaya kami sa lalong madaling panahon dahil gusto na
namin makita ang aming pamilya lalo na ang aking mga anak, asawa, mama,
aking mga kapatid, buong pamilya ko. ‘Yun lang po salamat.*
Ang pagkadakip sa amin ay ok
naman at saka ‘yong pagtrato bilang prisoners of war, ok na man at saka sa
mga imbestigasyon sa amin, ok na man, binigyan naman kami ng pre-trial.
Sinabi naman naming lahat kung ano yung nalalaman namin bilang isang
sundalo. At saka sa mga imbestigasyon, yung proseso, yung mga nalalaman
namin sinasabi naman namin at patas naman yung laban.
Inaamin ko ang lahat ng aking
kasalanan bilang isang intel operative. Itinilaga, nilagay kami kay Mayor
para dagdag sa aming kaalaman o pag-eespiya sa rebolusyonaryong kalihukan,
pagrerekrut ng mga sibilyan assets. Binigyan kami ng listahan ng mga
myembro ng GF 20, para maneutralize ang any insurgency na kampanya ng
Armed Forces of the Philippines. Inaamin ko na ang mga nagawa kong
kasalanan gaya ng pag-iespiya laban sa New People’s Army at humingi ako ng
tawad sa mga masa at mga kasalanan ng pagrekrut ng mga sibilyan assets, sa
pagtalaga sa amin bilang VIP security kay mayor. Aside sa vip, binigyan pa
kami ng ibang task bilang intel operative at ang pakikipagsabwatan kay
Umali laban sa GF 20, at yung bigay sa amin na limang listahan ng mga tao
na myembro ng GF 20.
[English translations of the
I am Alan P. Saban, 8464
Infantry Philippine Army, 6th Id, Philippine Army. I was assigned to the
75th IB unit of the 6th ID, Infantry Philippine Army. I admit to being a
member of the Battallion S2 of the 75th IB and I was active in
intelligence work targeting the revolutionary movement and in the
anti-insurgency campaign of the AFP. I am SIGENT (signal intelligence)
member of the 75th Infantry Battallion, S2, assigned formerly in Maramag
town, until I was transferred to Surigao del Sur, where I was tasked to be
an escort to Mayor Henry Dano, mayor of Lingig, Surigao del Sur. We tapped
assets to monitor the area of Lingig and to do other intelligence
Now, I humbly ask for
forgiveness to the People’s Democratic Government, New People’s Army and
to the masses. I promise not to join in any intelligence activities
against the revolutionary movement under the AFP, PNP and other agencies
of the armed forces of the Government of the Philippines. I also vow to
quit being a soldier. I will not join in whatever activities of the AFP. I
ask for your forgiveness so that we will soon be released. We wish to see
our family, especially my children, my wife, my mother, my siblings. Thank
I am Cpl. Alrey V. Desamparado,
832272, Infantry Philippine Army ng 75th Infantry Marauder Battallion, 6th
ID, Philippine Army. I was assigned as a Battallion S2. I was arrested
last August 6, 2011 in Lingig, Surigao del Sur. The arrest was ok, and as
prisoners of war, we were treated well. The investigation that we
underwent was alright. We were subjected to a pre-trial. We gave whatever
information we had, being active soldiers. The investigation, the process,
it was a fair trial.
I admit to the offenses that I
committed being an intelligence operative. I was assigned to the mayor to
extract additional information or to spy on the revolutionary movement, to
recruit civilian assets. We were given lists of members of GF (Guerilla
Front) 20, to neutralize the insurgency, the campaign of the Armed Forces
of the Philippines. I admit to the misdeeds like spying against the New
People’s Army, and I ask for the forgiveness of the masses, in my offenses
involving the recruitment of civilian assets, as I pursued my task being a
VIP security to the Mayor. Aside from being assigned to the mayor, I was
also assigned as intel operative to connive with Umali against GF 20,
including the five lists containing members of the GF 20 that were given
I apologize to the masses, to the New People’s Army, to the revolutionary government, for my offenses. I promise that I will never join in any campaign of the AFP, like the counter-insurgency campaign against the New People’s Army. I also promise to resign from service should I be given the chance to be released from custody. Thank you.#