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7 Visayas provinces declared insurgency free

(philstar.com) December 08, 2011 03:04 PM

 

MANILA, Philippines – The military Thursday has declared seven areas in Central Philippines as insurgency-free.

 

Lt. Gen. Ralph Villanueva, chief of the Armed Forces Central Command, said the following areas are insurgency-free: Cebu, Bohol, Guimaras, Southern Leyte, Biliran, Siquijor and Aklan.

 

"The declaration means more development would come in these provinces because investors are assured of peace and order," Villanueva said.

 

He added the Armed Forces will slowly pull away from these provinces to focus their efforts in hotbeds of insurgency including the provinces of Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental.

 

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I wouldn't lay my head on the block for that assessment. I have heard of nasty reports relating to insurgencies in the interior parts of Bohol. Anybody here to confirm?

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greatplace

Yes I had a nasty experience in the middle of Bohol......I was chased by NPA in a clapped out jeep.....I was on a motor bike alone......when I got close to Carmen they gave up......When I got back to Alona beach the resort staff told me I was mad being out there by myself.....We don't even go to Carmen alone....Let alone a white honky.......But that was 10 years ago.....Maybe its cleaned up since than

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musicman666

Yes I had a nasty experience in the middle of Bohol......I was chased by NPA in a clapped out jeep.....I was on a motor bike alone......when I got close to Carmen they gave up......When I got back to Alona beach the resort staff told me I was mad being out there by myself.....We don't even go to Carmen alone....Let alone a white honky.......But that was 10 years ago.....Maybe its cleaned up since than

 

well if you talk to the locals there was a time not that long ago that certain armed groups controlled some interior parts of cebu ....

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I wouldn't lay my head on the block for that assessment. I have heard of nasty reports relating to insurgencies in the interior parts of Bohol. Anybody here to confirm?

 

I will be happy to do so. That's a bill of goods I wouldn't buy.

 

I can confirm that he is mistaken regarding both Cebu and Leyte, including Southern Leyte.

 

Oh, it will not stop me from traveling to these provinces, especially since I live in one of them already.

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Stranded Shipscook

I wouldn't lay my head on the block for that assessment. I have heard of nasty reports relating to insurgencies in the interior parts of Bohol. Anybody here to confirm?

The military has done a lot in the past few years in Bohol and cases of NPA insurgency went down significantly to zero. Apparently the major efforts of GMA and her firm hand has worked. Carefully analysed, there are only a few "bandit groups" left, but they aren't backed up by the "official" NPA and therefore not a "job"for the military, but the Provincial Police Task forces, a more paramilitary arm of the PNP.

Former rebels travelling and appearing in Danao have completely disappeared which is an indication, that there are "none" anymore.

 

Can't say the same of southern Leyte though, where i SAW NPA rebels last year..

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Stranded Shipscook

I will be happy to do so. That's a bill of goods I wouldn't buy.

 

I can confirm that he is mistaken regarding both Cebu and Leyte, including Southern Leyte.

cebu ..?

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For whatever reason, the thought of no NPA on Cebu or any of the surrounding islands has never even crossed my mind. Although I have never seen them, to me it was simply a given that they are here somewhere. But with reports like this one, the not seeing them just might change.

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I will be happy to do so. That's a bill of goods I wouldn't buy.

 

I can confirm that he is mistaken regarding both Cebu and Leyte, including Southern Leyte.

 

Oh, it will not stop me from traveling to these provinces, especially since I live in one of them already.

 

A good friend of mine broke down on his motor bike in the interior of Southern Leyte a couple of years ago... he was "escorted" by armed men in a pick up who didn't seem to want to go in the same direction as him.... an older guy turned up and gave them a serve... apparently it was their father who he later found out off the locals is pretty influential in NPA.....

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There is talk of small pockets of NPA still in the north of Bohol around my wife's home area (north of Anda/Candijay) but in 20+ visits I've never seen anything untoward, certainly nothing like the armed guns hopping on Jeepneys in Puerto Galera and relieving our hash run group of whatever we had (fortunately not a lot)

 

They tend to be goons anyway, I'm not sure what response you would get if you asked them about any communist idealogy or whatever they are supposedly fighting for.

 

We do get requests for donations in the diveshop from some thinly veiled Mindano groups who sell 'native goods' for P800 that you can buy locally for P150 who take great offence to a P20 donation instead.

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This should be they are not active in these areas. Not that they are free of insurgency. Because that is a huge lie. There are people everyday scouting and looking for reasons to attack different areas. They just dared them to prove them wrong. If I were a terrorist sounds like a challenge to me. People need to think before making such statements.

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Did I stutter when I typed my reply? Yes, Cebu, as in Cebu Province, the island on which both you and I reside.

 

I am not going by reports of others. I have seen them myself, although purely by chance, while riding through the mountains.

 

 

This should be they are not active in these areas. Not that they are free of insurgency. Because that is a huge lie. There are people everyday scouting and looking for reasons to attack different areas. They just dared them to prove them wrong. If I were a terrorist sounds like a challenge to me. People need to think before making such statements.

 

Personally, I do not consider the NPA to be terrorists. They want the people on their side, to overthrow the existing government in the Philippines. However, and I may be wrong here, but I believe their numbers to have fallen significantly over the past twenty years. I certainly do not see the activity I once did, by them in the Philippines.

 

Here is a link to their website that I added to the Link System of this site, a couple of years ago: Philippine Revolution (CCP)

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Did I stutter when I typed my reply? Yes, Cebu, as in Cebu Province, the island on which both you and I reside.

 

I am not going by reports of others. I have seen them myself, although purely by chance, while riding through the mountains.

Well, i have seen NPA ( and talked to them) also, but that was many years ago. Since 2 years there isn't anything, the last have moved on. The 78th IB here is bored to death, not that they don't like it, its just an expression.

 

And aside from a few leaders from other island being arrested, nothing is/was to report in cebu island.

 

But that can change of course, when they withdraw the IB's again. To Mindanao most probably.

Would not wonder me, if some insurgency will be reported soon, so that their stay here is justified, but now i am "conspiracy-seeing".

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Well, I will not state that, simply because there are none "seen", that they are not on the island, somewhere. NPA, No Permanent Address.

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