Official STATEMENT | Capture of NPA members in Paquibato unmask true face of MISFI, Haran
The City Government of Davao commends the men and women of the 27th Infantry Battalion for the recent successful operations against the New Peopleâ€™s Army in Paquibato District.
The bravery of our soldiers resulted in the capture of two young members of the terrorist group in Sitio Quibolog, Barangay Mapula on November 14, 2020.
But it also unmasked and exposed the true face of the Mindanao Interfaith Services Foundation, Inc. (MISFI) and the Haran Center of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines in Davao City.
The captured NPA members Nasria Bansil and Geliejorain Ngojo were both scholars of MISFI and they served as part-time teachers for lumad children and elderly people camping at the compound of Haran Center in Davao.
As scholars, the two were made to sign a Return Service contract, binding them to serve and volunteer with organizations allied with the scholarship donor. Before finishing college in 2019, both Bansil and Ngojo volunteered twice with Haran, teaching what they called â€˜Litnumâ€™ or basic literacy and numeracy education.
Early this year, the two were recruited to become full-time cadres of the terrorist group.
Clearly, MISFI and Haran played important and active roles in the recruitment of Bansil and Ngojo into the underground terrorist movement.
These organizations primed and prepared Bansil and Ngojo into joining a terrorist group that has perpetuated the condition of poverty and underdevelopment across upland communities of indigenous peoples.
We reiterate the warning of the security sector about the existence and operations of groups that serve as recruitment arms and fronts of the NPAs.
These groups operate on the pretense of education, religion, human rights, environment, women empowerment, childrenâ€™s rights â€” basically just like MISFI and Haran.
Reports about MISFI schools, just like Salugpungan Ta Tanu Igkanugon Community Learning Center (STTICLC), teaching ideologies of the NPA had been alarmingly persistent over the years.
Haran, on the one hand, has been sheltering lumads from Talaingod in Davao del Norte â€” apparently to bolster the Leftâ€™s campaign against military operations in hinterland areas where the terrorists NPAs are operating.
Using hapless children and civilians to stop military pressure of the NPAs is a tactic straight from the playbook of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, the Communist Party of the Philippines, and its allies.
The City Government of Davao has been relentless in its efforts to establish lasting peace and sustainable development in Paquibato District.
Through Peace 911, we are providing the people in Paquibato with livelihood and economic opportunities, education, roads, bridges, community health centers, and other infrastructure projects.
Meanwhile, we call on all peace-loving Dabawenyos to reject individuals and organizations that hamper the development of our City.
Take part in our Culture of Security Campaign. Please report suspicious activities in your areas to 0999 227 1111, 0917 131 4332, 0916 659 2576.
Together we should stand against individuals and organizations that, in the guise of selfless and pro-people acts, plant seeds of terrorism in our youth.
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