News Flash

October 09, 2015, Friday
  • Fmr. First Gentleman Mike Arroyo asks the Sandiganbayan to allow him to travel & stay in Japan & Hong Kong for 12 days. 4 hours ago |
  • LTFRB suspends the franchises for 30 units of Dagupan Bus. 4 hours ago |
  • Number of fatalities in fire that hit Leyte Prison and Penal Farm rises to 10. 4 hours ago |
  • Ombudsman has also issued a dismissal order against Masbate Gov. Rizalina Lanete. 4 hours ago |
  • Director General Joel Villanueva resigns from TESDA in view of his plan to join the senatorial race. 4 hours ago |
  • Binay’s camp says the Ombudsman’s dismissal order vs. Mayor Binay was done in haste. 4 hours ago |
  • Ombudsman Carpio-Morales says it is up to Comelec to decide whether or not to allow Mayor Binay to run for a 3rd term. 4 hours ago |
  • Ombudsman’s order includes Mayor Binay’s dismissal from service & perpetual disqualification from public office. 4 hours ago |
  • Ombudsman’s dismissal order for Mayor Binay is in connection with his plunder case over the alleged overpriced Makati City parking building. 4 hours ago |
  • Rep. Abby Binay says Mayor Binay is planning to file his COC next week & run for a third term. 4 hours ago |
  • Rep. Abby Binay says Mayor Binay can still appeal the Ombudsman’s dismissal order at the Court of Appeals. 4 hours ago |
  • Ombudsman cites grave misconduct & serious dishonesty as reasons for Makati Mayor Junjun Binay’s dismissal. 4 hours ago |
  • Ombudsman orders the dismissal of suspended Makati Mayor Junjun Binay. 4 hours ago |
  • The 5-day period for filing of the Certificates of Candidacy (COC) begins on Monday Oct. 12. 8 hours ago |
  • Comelec conducts a demonstration on how to properly file the Certificates of Candidacy (COC). 8 hours ago |
  • Fmr. SAF Chief Getulio Napenas laments no one is being charged for the death of 9 SAF commandos who attacked Marwan’s hut. 8 hours ago |
  • Ayala Bridge in Manila to be closed to motorists at 10 pm Friday. 8 hours ago |
  • Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista eyes a third term. 8 hours ago |
  • Jueteng whistleblower Sandra Cam wants to run for a senate seat. 8 hours ago |
  • OFW Party-list Rep. Seneres says he has a vice-presidential bet & a complete senatorial line-up. 8 hours ago |
  • OFW Party-list Rep. Roy Seneres hopes he won’t be seen as a nuisance candidate after he announced his pres’l bid. 8 hours ago |
  • 3 inmates bolt prison in Tabaco, Albay. 8 hours ago |
  • 9 inmates die in fire that broke out in Abuyog, Southern Leyte prison. 8 hours ago |
  • About 60 members from PH & U.S. Marine Corps take part in an amphibious landing exercise in Ternate, Cavite. 9 hours ago |
  • Sen. Honasan absent in Cebu City event where Binay announced the senator’s bid for the vice presidency. 9 hours ago |
  • Binay announced the ‘Binay-Honasan’ tandem at UNA’s political event in Cebu City. 9 hours ago |
  • Binay announces Sen. Gringo Honasan is his running mate in the 2016 elections. 9 hours ago |
  • Fire out declared at UST’s Quadricentennial Pavilion at 10:30 am on Friday. 9 hours ago |
  • Fire hits University of Santo Tomas’ new multi-purpose gymnasium ‘Quadricentennial Pavilion’ on Friday morning. 10 hours ago |
  • Body of man involved in Thursday’s hostage-taking in Manila has yet to be identified and claimed. 10 hours ago |
  • De Lima took her oath as LP member at Balay headquarters in Cubao, Quezon City. 10 hours ago |
  • Justice Sec. Leila de Lima takes oath as Liberal Party member. 10 hours ago |
  • 5 towns in Maguindanao declared as areas of concern for this coming election period. 11 hours ago |
  • 5 suspected carnappers killed in an encounter with police in Payatas Road, Quezon City. 11 hours ago |


By Francisco Tuyay | Apr. 28, 2013 at 12:01am
11 nabbed  soliciting permit fees in Bulacan

Hours after the government dropped formal negotiations with communist rebels, 11 suspected New People’s Army guerrillas were arrested late Friday for extorting money from a politician in a remote village in Bulacan, security forces said on Saturday.

The rebels, believed to be “revolutionary tax” collectors of the communist movement, were all residents of Bulacan and were supposedly distributing letters that candidates for the local and congressional elections next month pay fees for “permits to campaign.”

Maj. Emmanuel Garcia, spokesman of the Army’s 56th Infantry Battalion, said government troops arrested the rebels at the boundary of Sitios Mahangin and Sapang in Barangay Kabayunan, Dona Remedios Trinidad town.

Garcia said they were in possession of two M-14 and three M-16 assault rifles, three caliber .45 pistols, four hand grenades and one shotgun plus subversive propaganda materials and medical supplies.

Military spokesman Col. Arnulfo Burgos Jr. said troops of the 56IB were able to capture the rebels based on information provided by residents that armed 30 insurgents were distributing open letters addressed to local candidates to pay for their “permits to campaign.”

Burgos said the rebels were also exacting two high-powered firearms from a local candidate in Bulacan, but the military declined to identify the politician.

After getting the tip, 56IB commander Lt. Col. Bernardo Ona created a task force in coordination with the police and they swooped down on an NPA encampment in the remote village and caught they rebels unaware while they were cleaning their guns.

The rebels, Garcia said, were not able to respond to the surprise attack, but several members of the rebel unit were able to escape. The ones who were arrested were brought to the Bulacan provincial police headquarters for inquest proceedings.

The arrested rebels were identified as Rodolfo Cruz, 65, resident of barangay Bigte, Norzagaray town; Rico Vicene, 43, a resident of San Jose del Monte City; Cyrhyl dela Cruz,19, resident of barangay Tibagan, Jayson Valmadrid, 25, a resident of barangay San Juan, Randy Puno, 33, Josefino Lupanco, 34, Angel Cabrera, 48; Alberto dela Cruz, 24, all of barangay Salangan, San Miguel town; Graciano dela Cruz, Billy Asuncion and William Asuncion.

Bulacan provincial police director Chief Supt. Joel Orduna said charges of illegal possession of firearms, violation of the election gun ban and the Human Security Act will filed against the arrested communist rebels.

The military had intensified its anti-insurgency operations in the wake of increased rebel activities across the country, including the ambush on Guingoog Mayor Ruth Guingona in Misamis Oriental that left two of her aides dead.

The NPA had also launched separate attacks in Occidental Mindoro on Friday, triggering a gunfight that resulted in the injury of three government troops.

The military also noted an increase in the extortion activities of the communist rebels and demanded that candidates in the congressional and local elections pay fees for “permits to campaign.” The fees could reach P100,000 depending on the position the candidate is seeking.

The arrest came after the government said it would stop negotiating with communist rebels, but would consider a new approach to end the communist rebellion that has lasted for more than four decades.

“The government doesn’t want to return to the regular track [formal talks] because it has been going nowhere for the past 27 years,” government negotiator Alexander Padilla said, but declined to give details about the “new approach.”

Padilla said the “mounting violence inflicted by the New People’s Army on civilians has eroded what little trust has been built over the years of trying to hammer out a peace agreement with the rebels.”

The talks between the government and the communist-led National Democratic Front were held in Norway for more than 20 years. The Norwegian government served as third-party facilitator.

Padilla said the  government scuttled the peace talks because the NDF “always comes up with new and unreasonable demands … and we cannot wait forever for the other side if they continually refuse to go back to the negotiating table without preconditions.”

“We have always been open to resuming formal negotiations with them, but they keep on insisting on preconditions such as the release of their detained consultants,” Padilla said.

He said other than asking for the release of their consultants from military detention, the NDF was also demanding that the government abolish its programs like the Conditional Cash Transfer, which provides cash  to indigents.

“These demands are just preposterous. We don’t want to engage in a negotiation where the other party is clearly fooling us,” Padilla said. “The ball is now in their hands. They were the ones who initiated the special track and they were the ones who ended it.” With Jess Malabanan
COMMENT DISCLAIMER: Reader comments posted on this Web site are not in any way endorsed by Comments are views by readers who exercise their right to free expression and they do not necessarily represent or reflect the position or viewpoint of While reserving this publication’s right to delete comments that are deemed offensive, indecent or inconsistent with editorial standards, may not be held liable for any false information posted by readers in this comments section
comments powered by Disqus

Want Updates?

Be the first to know on what is latest from, simply enter your email below to get started. We don’t spam dont worry!