MANOLO FORTICH, Bukidnon – July 17 – The PNP uniforms was discovered by the troops of 1st SF Company, 1st Special Forces Battalion in the CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs) cache at Sitio San Martin, Brgy Adtuyon, Pangantucan, this province, yesterday at around 1:30 in the afternoon.
After the revelation about cache of the recent surrenderee alias Bandido – Supply Officer of Squad 2, Platoon “TOTO”, Sandatahang Yunit Pampropaganda (SYP) Company 3, Sub-Regional Committee (SRC) 4, Northern Central Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC), the troops immediately planned and initiated its action. After an hour of thorough search, SF troops was able to locate the cache with police uniforms composed of 11 headgears and 21 pairs of PNP battle dress uniforms buried by the CNTs.
The uniforms were brought to the SF Company Headquarters and immediately informed the PNP personnel in Pangantucan for investigation and proper disposition.
Alias Bandido revealed that said police uniforms were used during the attack of Davao Security & Investigation Agency (DASIA), Inc. in Purok 17, Hindangon, Barangay Poblacion, Valencia City at around 6 p.m. last May 5, 2017. The FR also added that CNTs also used said PNP uniforms in conducting intimidati on and other violent incidents in the province of Bukidnon.
“The uniform will also be use by CNTs for their planned attack to multi-national companies who are not giving support to its revolutionary demand. “Kana mga uniporme sa pulis ug usahay sa sundalo gigamit namo na kaniadtong mga taktikal nga opensiba og gamito pa tana sa wala nadayong pag atake, ginuhat namo ni para dali lang mailad ang katawhan abi nila pulis o sundalo ang naghimo ug pang abusar, kana man ang tuyo sa NPA dauton ang imahe sa gobyerno para makuha namo ang suporta sa mga masa labi na sa mga IPs na kasagaran ang among makumbensir sa kalihukan gabahin sa armadong pakigbisog, nga wala may pulos nilabay na ang singkwenta katuig nga puros lang pagpangawat sa dagkong kumpanya ug katawhan, pagpatay sa mga inosenteng sibilyan ug bungkagon ang matag pamilya sa tibuok na nasud.” Alias Bandido added.
Under Republic Act 493, “it prohibits civilians from wearing, using, manufacturing, and selling military uniforms, insignia, medals, and badges prescribed only for soldiers and policemen.
EO 297 orders the “immediate closure of the establishment, plant or office where the uniforms and other items are illegally manufactured, stored, sold or distributed” and Sec 4 of RA 10168 states that the violators if proven guilty shall suffer the penalty of reclusion temporal in its maximum period to reclusion perpetua and a fine of not less than 500,000.00 nor more than 1,000,000.00 for financing terrorism.
1st Special Forces Battalion Commander Lt Colonel Sergio Macarandan Jr said, “We encourage everyone especially business entities not to sell any military and police uniforms to the civilians and they must stop supporting CNTs. This is against the law and anybody who will be found liable will be imprison and will pay a certain amount for violating the existing laws.
403rd Brigade Commander Brigadier, General Edgardo de Leon said, “This is the old treacherous scheme of the CNTs. They must be held accountable of all their atrocities in the province, this CNTs are just deceiving the masses and force their extortion demands. Justice must be served to all the victims of NPA killings and attrocities”.
With the influx of surrenders, revelations from the FRs and more concerned civilian witnesses testifying against NPA leaders and members it is highly expected that CNTs in the province will crumble and will eventually losses its grip to its members and the masses”. De Leon added.