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4 NPA REBELS IN PALAWAN SURRENDER TO WESTERN COMMAND

Published: Monday, 02 October 2017

Camp General Artemio Ricarte, Puerto Princesa City -- Four members of the New People's Army in Palawan surrendered to the operating units of Western Command (WESCOM) as focused and civil military operations continue.

Two male communist terrorist members surrendered on September 28, 2017, namely JEFFREY ORIT SAMPACA @ KA RUBEN/DANTE, 25 years old and HENRY POYANG MINDUK @ KA DANIEL, 18 years old, both from Sitio Tabud, Brgy Saraza, Brookes Point and brought with them their issued firearms: one (1) unit M16 (Bushmaster) with SN: L544773 with one (1) short magazine and one (1) unit M1 Garand with SN: 238377 with five (5) clips and 40 rounds ammunition, two (2) IEDs, one (1) rocket parachute flare and other war materials.

Meanwhile, @GENGEN, 16 years old, and ANALY PITOGO AMBUAN @ ANSA, 19 years old both from Sitio Macagua, Brgy Amas, Brookes Point surrendered on September 29, 2017, thru the intervention of Panglima Cunanam Pitogo, the father of Gengen, uncle of Ansa, and turned over 1 shotgun.

The surrenderees are now under custody of The military for validation and documentation, facilitating their application for the Local Social Integration Program (LSIP) of the Provincial Government of Palawan and DILG's Comprehensive Local Social Integration Program (CLIP) where they will receive financial assistance and livelihood opportunities.

In North Palawan, at around 6:30am today, we received initial info from Joint Task Group North (JTGN) that its convoy composed of 1 M35 truck and 1 elf truck enroute for regular logistic run was ambushed at vicinity Sitio Itabiak, brgy New Agutaya, San Vicente, Palawan 3 Marines suffered minor wounds. The convoy was able to immediately extricate from the kill zone. Troops of JTGN is conducting hot pursuit operations.

Western Command condemns the use chid soldiers of the communist terrorists in their ranks and operations. It should be noted that child soldiering is a clear violation of human rights and the International Humanitarian Law.

"We are glad that these 4 communist terrorists have decided to surrender and return to the fold of the law. Their surrender, together with their firearms, IEDs and other war materials is a serious blow to the ranks of communist terrorism in the Province, " said Major General Galileo Gerard Kintanar Jr, Commander of Western Command.

"This is also a clear indication of their unwillingness to continue with the armed struggle that according to them is tainted by corruption among their leaders, fatigue and disappointment," Major General Kintanar Jr added.

"We continue to urge the other communist terrorists to put their arms down and surrender. The Local Social Integration Program (LSIP) of the Provincial Government of Palawan and the Comprehensive Local Social Integration Program (CLIP) of the Department of Interior and Local Government are waiting for them to start their lives anew," the Commander of WESCOM said.

13 FORMER REBELS RECEIVE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Published: Friday, 15 September 2017

Puerto Princesa City --- 13 former NPA rebels receive financial assistance amounting to Php 65,000 each from the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP) on 15 September 2017 at the Provincial Capitol that will aide their new beginning in the mainstream society.

The 13 former rebels surrendered and returned to the fold of the law in the first and 2nd quarter of this year. After having processed, they also have become recipients of financial aid under the Local Social Integration Program (LSIP) of the Provincial Government of Palawan amounting to Php 25,000 each.

"The number of rebels surrendering is a good indicator that our peace programs are doing well in the Province," said Major General Galileo Gerard R Kintanar Jr, Commander of Western Command.

"We hope for more surrenderees to come down and rest assured that we will help them in their integration to the society, so they can start their lives anew with their loved ones," Major General Kintanar added.

INTERAGENCY SECURITY UPDATE IN PALAWAN

Published: Thursday, 18 May 2017

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY -- Palawan remains on full alert as more interagency security fora and stakeholders engagements on anti-terrorist efforts were undertaken this week to ensure that the province remains safe for local residents and visitors.

As of press time, the Provincial and City Tourism Offices confirmed insignificant decline in tourists booking. Security Forces, on the other hand, continue to conduct joint random checkpoints and increased visibility on strategic locations; seaborne patrols, air patrols, mobile patrols, foot patrols, and patrols in inland waterways and rivers and mangrove in the areas of operation.

Interagency security meetings were held in Coron which were attended by Municipal Mayor, uniformed personnel and other stakeholders.


Tourism industry has not been much affected in Coron. Accordingly, the minimal decline of tourists is expected due to the end of the tourists season. Nevertheless, joint security forces in the area continue conducting clearing operations and mobile patrols, as well as maritime security patrol in inland waters, coastline, various resorts, and other possible landing sites and isolated areas in Coron and Busuanga. Same engagements and security patrols are also being undertaken in El Nido, Linapacan and other areas in the east coast pf Palawan.

Stakeholders engagement with resort owners in Honda Bay was also held, while the Yatch Club and transport group were also given situation update and briefing. Another Security Forum was held in Astoria Hotel which was attended by various agencies. Moreover, the Southern Palawan Security Forum was also held on 16 May at Club House, Town Site, Brgy Rio Tuba, Bataraza. It was attended by the Municipal Mayors of Narra, Bataraza, Sofronio Española and Rio Tuba, security forces, business sectors and other stakeholders.

With the sustained, coordinated and synchronized interagency courses of actions in Palawan, the Province remains safe and secure.


#PalawanisSafe
#OnePalawanKontraTerorismo


WESCOM Hotline: 09178960014
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PPC Police: (048) 4334363
Provincial Police: (048) 4349889
Palawan Coast Guard: (048) 4332974
PNP Maritime Palawan: 0917-8774838
Bureau of Fire Protection: (048) 4340012

#PALAWANISSAFE: WESCOM TIGHTENS SECURITY MEASURES IN PALAWAN AMIDST TRAVEL ADVISORIES

Published: Monday, 15 May 2017

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY -- Several days after the Interagency stakeholders in Palawan met to address the impact of the US Government’s Travel advisory in Palawan, the group continues to conduct coordinating efforts in order to keep Palawan safe for local residents and guests from any untoward incident.

The following are the notable joint security efforts:

• On May 10, the City Peace and Order Council convened an interagency meeting at the City Hall and discussed efforts against terrorism.

• On 11 May, another interagency meeting was held at the Empire Suite Hotel. Counter-terrorism efforts were discussed in the presence on City barangay chairpersons.

• On the same day, the ABC presidents of all Palawan towns were briefed at the Provincial Capitol, solicited their support and advised them on what to do.

• Also, on the same day, the Navy’s Augusta helicopter conducted air patrol in the are of Puerto Princesa City Underground River (PPUR). Philippine Marines and Naval Special Operation Unit troops also conducted mobile patrols and check points in Sabang area.

• On 12 May, joint AFP-PNP-PCG maritime patrols in Honda Bay and PPUR were conducted on board respective speedboats.

• Also, 2 speedboats of Rescue 165 with the Provincial Government personnel and 44th Marine Company conducted maritime patrol at littoral areas of Brookes Point, Sofornio Española, Narra and Aborlan.

• PCSD and 24th Marine Company patrolled at the vicinity of Unok Balabac and Bugsuk Island.

• On the same day, Philippine Marine Armored Fire Support Vehicle (V300 FSV) is now deployed at vicinity Brgy Salvacion, PPC attached with the joint checkpoint of Marines and Police personnel. WESCOM troops patrolled the jungle areas and inland waterways like Babuyan River, and Mauyon River.

• In Coron, a Joint Interagency security meeting with the resorts owners association was held at Darayunan Lodge. The president of the association as well as its board members were present. The heads of the interagency units were also present. The main agenda was on coordination and communications, in view of the need for an active response system. Mobile patrol and clearing operations by ground force are continuously undertaken. Seaborne patrol was conducted by WESCOM’s Patrol Craft (PC) 374 and PC735 along Coron, Culion and Linapacan.

• In El Nido, several interagency meetings on security were held in Linapacan to discuss joint efforts and action plans in patrolling along beach resorts in Northern El Nido and Linapacan areas. WESCOM’s Boat Attacks vessel and Patrol Crafts conducted patrol along Bacuit Bay and other tourist areas.
• WESCOM, thru Joint Task Force Malampaya met with the resorts owners at the SB Legislation Hall and discussed the security situation, and courses of action. Many had volunteered their resources especially the availability of speedboats and individuals to help gather information. Ground patrols are also being conducted.

• The Yacht Club of Palawan, Transport Group, and Hotel associations in Puerto Princesa City were also briefed on security measures and timely reporting of incidents and suspicious personalities.

• Likewise, the Palawan Coast Guard patrolled Tubattaha Reef and Natural Park. The Tubattaha Management Office has been very supportive of the security measures being implemented in said tourist destination.

• There had been almost 300 Palaweños who recently volunteered to join in our efforts against terrorism in securing Sabang area.

• Moreover, Joint AFP-PNP-PCG elements increased visibility on places of convergence such as the airport, terminals, public markets, malls, wharfs, ports and highly visited tourist destinations.

• Starting 13 May, the Provincial Government of Palawan Cessna 207, with Philippine Coast Guard personnel, will conduct daily deterrent air patrols from San Rafael, Puerto Princesa to Narra and Southern Palawan East Coast.

Over-all, the security posture of Palawan against terrorism expanded and greatly increased. The Provincial Government of Palawan and the City Government of Puerto Princesa committed their resources in support to law enforcement agencies. The LGUs also committed their support through strong neighborhood watch and timely reporting system. The business sector also committed their support by strengthening their respective security measures and timely reporting of any suspicious personalities and activities.

With the involvement of all sectors, Palawan is now more secured from the threats of ASG kidnapping, bombing and terrorism as a whole.We continue to urge our people in Palawan to remain calm and invite them to continue to remain vigilant and actively participate in strengthening our security posture. Let's always bear in mind that security is a shared concern and responsibility of everybody.

#PalawanisSafe

• WESCOM Hotline: ‪09178960014‬
www.facebook.com/wescom
• PPC Police: ‪(048) 4334363‬
• Provincial Police: ‪(048) 4349889‬
• Palawan Coast Guard: ‪(048) 4332974‬
• PNP Maritime Palawan: ‪0917-8774838‬
• Bureau of Fire Protection: ‪(048) 4340012‬

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