Archive for January, 2010

ANAD CALLS FOR RESPONSIBLE JOURNALISM AMID ELECTION FERVOR

January 29, 2010

Davao City – The Alliance for Nationalism and Democracy (ANAD) calls for responsible journalism amid the increasingly heating local election debates.

ANAD Partylist strongly criticized irresponsible commentaries in the radio like the malicious broadcast of an indecent and provocative text death threat against ANAD Partylist Representative Jun Alcover and its Mindanao Coordinator-Spokesman Arthur Tariman that was supposedly sent in by a listener of DYAB ABS-CBN’s “Hugoy-hugoy” public affairs program hosted by Jun Bersamin on 26 January 2010.

Alcover viewed the actuation as highly irresponsible and very unprofessional considering that the texter is suggesting something very sinister, that is the murder of fellow human beings.

Acting in behalf of Representative Alcover and the whole ANAD, Tariman immediately filed a formal complaint against Bersamin before the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) Regional Office XI for airing such threatening message.

In his letter-complaint to NTC RO XI Regional Director Josue de Villa Go, D.P.A., Tariman reported: “In the course of his regular public affairs program, “Hugoy-hugoy,” from 12:30 to 3 p.m. on 26 January 2010, Mr. Bersamin read a purported text message from an alleged listener saying in effect that, ‘Maayo pa ana ni Cong. Jun Alcover ug Art Tariman ipapatay.’”

He further stressed that “We honestly believed that the reading on air of a derogatory, provocative and sinister text message such as death threat in Mr. Bersamin’s radio program is uncalled for, malicious, indecent, very unprofessional and a violation of the broadcasting standard and ethics.”

In response, RD De Villa Go ordered the management of DXAB ABS-CBN to preserve the tape-on-air of the questioned episode of Bersamin’s program and to answer the complaint.

Rep. Alcover and Tariman, both veteran broadcasters themselves, welcome the open, objective and healthy discussion on the law and order condition of the city and the performance of the administration of City Mayor Rody Duterte lest the character assassination and uncalled for remarks both by the opinion makers and the public.

Alcover is the incumbent president of the Cebu Association of Media Practitioners (CAMP), while Tariman, a freelance print and broadcast journalist, is the chief executive officer of Task Force Salaam Federation, the Philippine Army’s most outstanding NGO of the Year (2007).

Alcover founded the Kapunongan Alang sa Demokratikanhong Reporma (KADRE), while Tariman formed the Kontra Komunismo (KOKO) and the Baryohanon Alang sa Kalinaw ug Demokrasya (BAKUD) in the early ‘80s in Cebu.  They were both founding leaders of the Federation of Anti-Communism Movements in Cebu (FACOM-CEBU) and the National Alliance for Democracy (NAD) – the forerunner of ANAD Partylist. NAD was formed in Davao City in 1988. (ANAD PARTYLIST-MINDANAO NEWS AND INFO BUREAU)

ARTHUR J. TARIMAN

Spokesman, ANAD Partylist-Mindanao

ANAD hits Satur’s continued double-talk!

January 28, 2010

HOW CAN one be true, even to himself, when he has been used to spread deception and lies to advance their violent and inhuman ideology? This question always hangs over the heads of Maoist terrorist personalities, especially those seeking political and elective position in government.

ANAD Partylist Rep. Jun Alcover slammed Makabayan senatorial bet Satur Ocampo for issuing dubious statements designed to ultimately break and destroy his benefactor’s presidential ambitions.

This is Rep. Alcover’s reaction to Ocampo’s recent statement urging Senator Manny Villar to face his colleagues in the Senate and explain his side on the C-5 controversy.

“This is Ocampo’s vaunted double-talk! But now, it is leveled against Villar purposely to destroy the latter’s presidential aspirations and the political party that Villar heads. This is typical Maoist communist maneuver or manipulation of situations and conditions,” said Alcover.

Ocampo was recently quoted, in several national newspapers, urging Villar to face the music and the Senate. “What he did was well planned to stir-up and muddle the already volatile political landscape of the country with the hope that in the end mainstream political parties and candidates shall be decimated and banished,” said Rep. Alcover.

Rep. Alcover slammed the insatiable appetite and thirst for political power vociferously shown by Ocampo and company saying, “With their ulterior motive always in tow, not only would they use mainstream partisan political machinery as a vehicle to gain entry into our government’s important political and elective positions, but to advance the grand and insidious plan of their Maoist communist CPP-NPA-NDF against government and the Filipino people.”

“Until now, I cannot understand why quite a number of mainstream political personalities chose to ‘dance the tango’ with known communist terrorists masquerading as pro-people and protectors of human rights and pseudo political parties,” Rep. Alcover pointed out.

Citing Makabayan party as nothing but a political paper tiger, Rep. Alcover said, “What is happening now is tailor-made to serve, at all cost, the devious and malicious ends of their Maoist communist masters,” he added.

“It is high time for our brother Filipinos to come forward, be counted and united to overwhelmingly deny their callous, violent, and inhuman intention against our free country and people,” stressed Rep. Alcover.

Rey A. Salas

ANAD National Spokesman, Tel No. (02) 489-7662

ANAD PARTY REP. JUN ALCOVER RECEIVES WARNING ON DEATH THREAT

January 25, 2010

Davao City – The Alliance for Nationalism and Democracy (ANAD) confirmed the text intelligence report regarding a threat on the life of ANAD Partylist Representative Jun Alcover.

“It’s true and reliable. We got an intelligence report from a trusted source within the Philippine National Police that somebody who identified himself with the camp of Davao City Mayor Rody Duterte had asked the help of a police officer in Cebu to hire someone to assassinate Congressman Alcover right in Cebu supposedly to avoid Mayor Duterte from being implicated,” admitted ANAD Partylist-Mindanao Coordinator and Spokesman Arthur Tariman.

Tariman added that possibly the PNP officer concerned who is close to Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmena must have leaked the plan to fellow cops that the information eventually reached the police intelligence community.

“There is however no indication if Mayor Duterte is aware or has authorized the purported sinister plot,” Tariman clarified.

“True or not, ANAD is taking the threat seriously. We have been very careful with our moves considering that we are waging war with two ruthless private armies that are linked to Mayor Duterte – the so-called Davao Death Squad or DDS and the communist terrorist NPA,” Tariman disclosed.

ANAD Partylist allied groups in Davao and surrounding areas have offered to help protect Cong. Alcover if ever he would go on campaign sorties in their respective areas. ANAD welcome such move but preferred to abide with the COMELEC stringent regulation on the employment of armed bodyguards. (ANAD PARTYLIST-MINDANAO NEWS AND INFO BUREAU)

ARTHUR J. TARIMAN

Spokesman, ANAD Partylist-Mindanao

PANICKY REACTION AND MYOPIC REASONING CAN’T HIDE THE TRUTH

January 22, 2010

Davao City – No amount of badmouthing, character assassination and myopic reasoning can hide the truth about the world-famous wickedness of the Davao Death Squad and the communist terrorists.

This is the reaction of the Alliance for Nationalism and Democracy (ANAD) Partylist to a well-orchestrated tirades by media paid hacks of the Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod after the debacle created by the misguided privilege speech of City Councilor Nilo Abellera last Tuesday in reaction to ANAD’s claim that Davao City is not really peaceful and in fact a dangerous place.

“The more Mayor Rody Duterte’s Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod thru its paidf media mouthpieces would defend the peace and order issue, the more they would expose the naked truth behind the Davao Death Squad and the alliance of Hugpong with the CPP-NPA-NDF,” said ANAD Partylist-Mindanao Coordinator and Spokesman Arthur Tariman.

According to Tariman, the reaction of Hugpong councilors and its paid media mouthpieces is “very panicky” that they entirely missed the points raised by ANAD Partylist about the fragile and temporary peace condition of the city.

“In their futile efforts to hide the truth, both the Hugpong councilors and their media protectors looked and sounded like the apologists and defenders of the motorcycle-riding assassins in the urban areas and the marauding communist terrorists in the hinterlands of the city,” the ANAD Partylist-Mindanao spokesman commented.

Tariman reiterated that Hugpong’s and its media spokespersons’ claim that ANAD Partylist has no right to question the city’s state of affairs especially on peace and order only reflects the ignorance of these people on the nature of a duly-registered Partylist Group (PLG) and the scope of its activities and concerns.

“ANAD, like the Hugpong-backed CPP-NPA-NDF-affiliated PLGs such as Bayan Muna, Anak Pawis, Gabriela, Kabataan, ACT, AKAP-BATA and Katribu, are national in scope that they can campaign anywhere in country. ANAD’s advocacy includes peace and order, communist insurgency and terrorism that is why it strongly denounced the LGU-sponsored summary killings and the local officials’ open and blatant collusion with communist terrorists,” emphasized Tariman.

ANAD Partylist bats for “law and order” and not merely “peace and order.” Meaning the full, consistent and fair enforcement of laws, and the prosecution, conviction and subsequent rehabilitation of the criminal offenders with the active participation of the community.

“If you truly and honestly implement the laws you would have order in the society, and if you have order in the society then you would have authentic and enduring peace. A positive peace,” Tariman explained.

In the countrary, the prevailing peace in Davao City is not principled and lasting as it has been secured through sheer brute force and it did not address the root causes of criminality and insurgency. It is a negative and temporary peace..

In view of the situation, ANAD Partylist calls for the strengthening of the criminal justice system in this party of the country. It calls for the law enforcement agencies especially the Philippine National Police, the prosecution service, the court and the penology to work together with the community to address the root causes of criminality.

“In civilized societies, citizens are not taking the law into their hands. As part of the community, citizens work with the government in enforcing the laws and not breaking it. Therefore, vigilantism has no place in a civilized and democratic society like Davao City, Tariman concluded. (ANAD PARTYLIST-MINDANAO NEWS AND INFO BUREAU)

DAVAO CITY: FROM NICARAGDAO TO NEPALDAO

January 22, 2010

The Alliance for Nationalism and Democracy (ANAD) Partylist is an aggrupation of Filipino people who stand for peace, justice, freedom, equality, nationalism and democracy. ANAD fights for the people’s rights and respects every human being’s right to life and liberty.

It upholds every citizen’s constitutional right to due process. It advocates the strengthening of the country’s criminal justice system as a means to attain a lasting and principled peace and stability.

As such, ANAD Partylist strongly condemns any act by any individual, the state or any of its instrumentalities to deny a person’s right to life and to stifle his liberties both as a human being and a citizen of this country. It denounces terrorism, anarchism, communism and other forms of extremism.

ANAD Partylist therefore abhors the use of force and violence to compel obedience and compliance from anyone, no less the citizens of this country. Forcing one’s will and belief on another is naked terrorism that ANAD would always oppose albeit peacefully.

It is in this context that ANAD exposes the murders perpetrated by the so-called Davao Death Squad (DDS), the Maoist terrorist Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) and other armed groups.

The employment of DDS and similar Private Armed Groups (PAGs) by the state or any of its subdivisions or groups or individuals bespeaks of vigilantism which is a stigma of a democratic society like ours.

In the same breath that the Maoist CPP’s use of the NPA to terrorize the Filipino people in order to force Communism is symptomatic of a rotten ideology.

It is ANAD’s belief that to resort to violence is a sign of incompetence. In such a way that extra-judicial killings in the fashion of the DDS and NPA is a sign of a weak criminal justice system.

In the ‘80s, the CPP-NPA-NDF experimented the Nicaraguan-style “urban insurrectionism” in Davao City that resulted to the death of hundreds of people, many of them were innocent civilians, when they employed the Armed City Partisan Units, otherwise known as Sparrow Unit. Hence, Davao was then called as NICARAGDAO.

The situation in Davao changed tide only when the people rose up to form the famous “Alsa Masa” movement. It was the Dabawenyos – the people’s movement – and not the politicians that eventually defeated the inroads of Communism in Davao City and region.

In recent years, the Maoist CPP-NPA-NDF with the help of opportunist politicians like Mayor Rody Duterte made an alarming comeback by effectively combining the armed (“bala”) and legal-electoral (“balota”) struggles.

Inspired by the “Nepal experience” where the Maoist Communists have been able to seize state power by participating in the electoral processes while maintaining a private armed group, the Maoist CPP-NPA-NDF has decided to expand its electoral struggle this coming national and local elections beyond the Party-List System.

And like the ‘80s, the CPP-NPA-NDF chose to make Davao City and the Southern Mindanao Region as its laboratory. The Local Communist Terrorists aim to transform Davao from NICARAGDAO to NEPALDAO.

This is the very reason why ANAD Partylist has decided to come to Davao to thwart this deceptive effort of the Maoist Communists and their anarchist patrons in and out of the present administration of the City Government of Davao.

Our campaign will go beyond the May 10, 2010 elections. Our fight is beyond partisan politics. Ours is an ideological-political struggle. We are together in this fight!

ARTHUR J. TARIMAN

Spokesman, ANAD Partylist-Mindanao

HUGPONG SHOULD STOP ACTING AS DDS AND NPA APOLOGISTS

January 20, 2010

Davao City – The Alliance for Nationalism and Democracy (ANAD) Partylist exhorts local candidates under the Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod to stop acting as apologists for the so-called Davao Death Squad (DDS) and the CPP-NPA-NDF in their efforts to defend the claim of the Duterte administration that Davao City is really peaceful.

ANAD Partylist made the call after Councilor Nilo Abellera stood up during Tuesday’s regular session to question the “intention” of ANAD Partylist Representative Jun Alcover and BANTAY Partylist Representative Jun Palparan in making public statements that Davao City is a “dangerous place.” He was joined in in his tirades by Councilors Danilo Dayanghirang, Conrado Baluran, Vic Advincula and Leonardo Avila.

“Hugpong candidates cannot hide the fact that about a thousand people were summarily killed in Davao City since 1995 and almost all of them including the cases of radiomen Jun Pala and Ferdie Lintuan, who happened to be critics of City Mayor Rody Duterte, remained unsolved until today,” said ANAD Partylist-Mindanao Coordinator and Spokesman Arthur Tariman, adding that the killings continued despite the New York-based Human Rights Watch report and Commission on Human Rights (CHR) investigation on DDS last year.

Tariman also pointed out that on the other hand, the Maoist terrorist NPA murdered 29 persons – 23 of them were innocent civilians – and exploded at least six improvised explosive devices (IEDs) that killed two and injured 22 including two civilians in Davao City in 2009 alone. IED is the favorite weapon of choice of modern-day terrorists. Police arrested no suspect so far in all these terrorism incidents in the city.

According to Tariman, these are facts that cannot just be glossed over easily. These are undeniable indicators of the true state of the city’s “peace and order condition.”

In a live studio interview with Jun Bersamin over station DXAB-ABS-CBN Wednesday afternoon, Hugpong Councilor Peter Lavilla admitted that Mayor Duterte accommodated three MAKABAYAN candidates into Hugpong’s official line up for this year’s local election to improve their chances of winning.

Lavilla also reechoed Councilor Nilo Abellera’s concern that ANAD and BANTAY Partylist Groups have painted a not so good picture of the city with their claim that it is not really peaceful contrary to the claim of Mayor Duterte.

Tariman stressed that Gen. Santos City that is used to be known alternately as “boom town” and “bombing city” because of its fast economic growth and the many deadly explosions in the past, respectively, is a lot peaceful than Davao today.

Gensan experienced only one terrorism attack in 2009 when suspected MILF rebels blasted down a power tower at the boundary with Sarangani Province.

There was not a single NPA atrocity committed in Gensan during the last few years except for the murder of a soldier last Dec. 5 that was suspected to be a handiwork of NPA SPARU hitmen.

There was no encounter between government and MILF forces in the city even at the height of last year’s war over the ancestral domain issue.

There was not a pattern of summary killings in Gensan the last 12 months, unlike before when suspected DDS hitmen “invaded” the city.

“The more Hugpong candidates would insist that the city is truly peaceful, the more they would appear and sound as the criminals’ and the terrorists’ apologists and defenders. If they would walk like a duck and quack like a duck, what are they? Pigs? No, they must be ducks, and such is the case of the Hugpong candidates on the issue,” Tariman concluded. (ANAD PARTLIST-MINDANAO INFONEWS BUREAU)

ARTHUR J. TARIMAN

Spokesman, ANAD Partylist-Mindanao


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