ARCHIVES parago KA PARAGO LEONCIO PITAO leoncio pitao ago AGO NEW PEOPLE’S ARMY NEW PEOPLES ARMY NPA GPH-NDF GRP-NDF NDF NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC FRONT PEACE TALKS PEACE TALK Continue reading LEONCIO KA PARAGO PITAO, NEW PEOPLES ARMY, NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC FRONT, PEACE TALKS – DURIAN POST DURIANBURGDAVAO ARCHIVES
Leoncio Pitao alias Parago, commander of the NPA’s Pulang Bagani Command (PBC 1) SMRC and one unidentified female rebel were killed in an encounter at Purok 9, Brgy Pañalum, Paquibato District, Davao City around 2:30 this afternoon. Combined elements of 10ID’s Task Force Minion formed several months ago to capture one of the country’s most notorious NPA leader caught up with Parago’s group triggering a twenty-minute firefight. Recovered from the encounter site were two (2) M16 Rifles, three (3) backpacks and several rounds of Rifle grenades. The still unidentified slain female rebel is believed to be Parago’s medical aide. Leoncio … Continue reading NPA COMMANDER PARAGO KILLED IN ENCOUNTER
BY ROGER M. BALANZA TOPNEWS PUBLISHED IN THE DURIAN POST NO. 88 The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) in Davao Region will resume its investigation on the rape-slay of Rebelyn Pitao, the daughter of Leoncio Pitao, also known as Kumander Parago, commander of the Pulang Bagani Command of the New People’s Army (NPA) to gather more pieces of evidence for the possible filing of cases. Atty. Alberto Sipaco, CHR regional director, said the three public inquiries conducted by the commission en banc in 2009 failed to gather hard evidence that warrants the filing and prosecution of cases against possible respondents. … Continue reading CHR to resume probe on Rebelyn rape-slay case
THEDURIANBEAT BY ROGER M. BALANZA Last week we received an e-mailed press release from the New Peoples Army on the alleged ambush in Paradise Embak, carried against elements of the 69th IB-1003rd Brigade-10th ID, that the statement said is an “Army unit cowardly hiding under the cloak of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.” We published the press statement, the NPA being a regular sender of its press releases, in our blog, durianburgdavao mindanao newsblog: PRESS STATEMENT September 17, 2011 1 killed in NPA ambush vs 69th IB in Paquibato A commando team of the 1st Pulang Bagani Company-NPA ambushed a … Continue reading KUMANDER PARAGO A LIAR?
Press Statement September 17, 2011 A commando team of the 1st Pulang Bagani Company-NPA ambushed a Special Operations Team of the 69th Infantry Battallion of the AFP at 9:15 am today Sept.17, at Purok 7, Paradise Embac, Paquibato district, Davao City. One enemy soldier was killed. The NPA’s punitive action was in reaction to the grave human rights abuses and violations to the international humanitarian law committed by the 69th IB-1003rd Brigade-10th ID, the Army unit cowardly hiding under the cloak of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte who has largely tolerated and remained oblivious to the suffering of peasant masses … Continue reading 1 killed in NPA ambush vs 69th IB in Paquibato
BY ROGER M. BALANZA Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is going up a scale higher than daughter Mayor Sara Duterte who has invited New People’s Army leader Leoncio Pitao aka Kumander arago to come down from his mountain lair in far-flung Paquibato district to join in the celebration of the Kdayawan Festival 2011 in the city proper. Why don’t we have Kumander Parago crown the Hiyas ng Kadayawan? said the vice mayor in jest during a huddle with local media recently. Mayor Duterte in March also invited Parago and his rebel band to join the Araw ng Dabaw, … Continue reading KADAYAWAN FESTIVAL 2011 – sEARCH FOR HIYAS – NPA rebel leader Kumander Parago to crown Hiyas?
Sara Duterte invites Parago anew Will he come this time? For the second time, Mayor Sara Duterte has invited elusive New People’s Army leader Leoncio Pitao aka Kumander Parago to come down from his mountain lair to join Dabawenyos in a festive celebration of the Kadayawan Festival 2011 Mayor Duterte said she is welcoming Parago and his rebel band to join this month’s Kadayawan Festival. The mayoral invitation to the rebel leader, who carries a P3 million reward, dead or alive, on his head, is the second attempt by Mayor Duterte to lure Kumander Parago away from … Continue reading DAVAO CITY MAYOR LURES REBEL LEADER TO JOIN CITY FESTIVAL
Rebelyn Code vs military human rights abuses By ROGER M. BALANZA DAVAO CITY – New People’s Army (NPA) commander Leoncio “Parago” Pitao’s loss could mean gain for people with relatives involved in insurgency. A Davao City Council member is proposing to enact a code that would protect civilians like Rebelyn Pitao, Parago’s daughter, who was raped, tortured and killed by unidentified perpetrators two years ago. The NPA said military operatives were behind the killing.City councilor Karlo Bello said the code to be known as the Rebelyn Code aims to give local color and more teeth in the implementation of … Continue reading Kumander Parago daughter’s death inspires Davao City dad
MAYOR MEETS WITH TOP REBEL COMMANDER By ROGER M. BALANZA He may not break an old connection with communist rebels here, but Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is now letting daughter Mayor Sara Duterte alone in handling the insurgents and their leaders like Leoncio “Parago” Pitao. Vice Mayor Duterte said Sara met with Parago and his political officer, a Ka Benajmin, last week in Paquibato, but he was clueless about what transpired between the mayor and the rebel leaders who huddled in a “closed door” meeting in a hut in the hinterland district. Duterte, known to have close … Continue reading Talking with rebels is now Sara’s task
He did not want to be in the government panel in peace talks with communist rebels, but Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte may still find himself in the Oslo, Norway talks as an “observer.” Earlier, Duterte said he would be comfortable being an observer to the Government of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front Philippines (GPH-NDFP) , to share inputs on how the panels could achieve their mission of ending the 40-year old insurgency. Both parties have declared a seven-day ceasefire starting on February 15 to start off the preliminary talks. Duterte had been deeply involved with … Continue reading Duterte as observer in GPH-NDF Oslo talks
The military and police said they will suspend offensives against New People’s Army (NPA), as panels of the government and insurgents sat down on February 15 to start talking peace in Oslo, Norway. The Philippine government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) have declared a week-long ceasefire up to February 21, in resumption of talks to seek an end to the 40-year old communist insurgency. But the NPA last week accused the AFP of violating the mutually-declared ceasefire by conducting military operations in the guise of humanitarian missions in various parts of Mindanao. … Continue reading AFP, NDFP trade barbs as panels talk peace