Army welcomes Congressional Inquiry on Agricultural and Livelihood Development and Tribal Filipino Program of Lianga, Surigao del Sur

CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City – The Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division lauded the recent visit of Committee on Indigenous Cultural Communities and Indigenous Peoples (CICCIP) of the House of Representatives in Lianga, Surigao del Sur to conduct a legislative inquiry on the Alternative Learning Center for Agricultural and Livelihood Development (ALCADEV), and Tribal Filipino Program of Lianga, Surigao del Sur (TRIFPSS INC.).

“We gladly welcome CCIP’s interest in the issue involving ALACADEV and TRIFPSS as this will shed light on the true nature and purpose of these entities. We are expecting a comprehensive and unbiased result from the inquiry because we want the truth to come
out”, Cpt. Regie Go, Chief of 4ID Public Affairs Office said.

On April 28, the inspection team composed of Atty. Rueben Lingating, Chairman of the Indigenous People’s Peace Panel of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP); Adora Pueblo, CICCIP Committee Secretariat; and representatives from the Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and National Commission on Indigenous People’s (NCIP) visited Km 16, Sitio Han-ayan, Bgy Diatagon, Lianga, Surigao del Sur to validate reports citing the said lumad (indigenous people) schools’ connection with the Communist- Terrorist CPP-NPA. CICCIP said “significant data and information (on the alleged involvement) have been endorsed to the committee as well as to the Office of the House Speaker by the National Security Adviser (NSA) in December 2018 and in January this year prompting the conduct of the inquiry.

Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Franco Nemesio Gacal, 4ID Commander said the Army leadership fully supports the legislative inquiry in the interest of truth. “Let truth finally come out about these dubious organizations who continue to sow discord in our communities particularly among our lumads. I am confident their true colors will be exposed along with the persons and organizations behind them who lure unsuspecting people including our children and youth”, Gacal said. The Army commander also expressed confidence that the inquiry will result into laws that would ensure right education for children, and better protect IP or lumad communities from CPP-NPA exploitation and abuse.

“They have been hiding under the cloak of these schools and other entities all these years to promote communist-terrorist ideologies. Let’s save our children and youth from the clutches of the CPP-NPA. It is about time we stop them from destroying families, communities and the entire country”, he added.

Earlier this month, the said team also visited Salugpungan Schools in various parts of Davao which, according to former NPAs and captured documents, have been used by CPP-NPA as breeding and training grounds for new recruits for many years. Salugpungan, ALCADEV and TRIFPSS were among the CPP-NPA front organizationscited earlier by Maj. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr., the AFP Deputy Chief of Staff for Civil-
Military Operations, that have duped the European Union and Belgium for support andfunding along with the Rural Missionaries, Solidagro, Viva Salud, Kiyo, Gabriela, ANAKPAWIS and others. Parlade said these organizations used “fake reports of Bakwit and IP killings, in order to ask them (foreign NGOs) for donations.