Cagayan De Oro City – The Philippine Army’s Fourth Infantry Division (4th ID) and the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples in Region 10 (NCIP-10) recently issued a joint press statement, denying both agencies’ hand in the reported presence of the “Philippine Bagani Force Tribal Army.”
NCIP-10 Regional Director Robert Almonte and LTC. Romualdo Raymund Landingin of the Civil Military Operations (G7) of the (4th ID) signed the statement, saying that both the 4th Infantry Division and the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples in Region 10 “do not have any knowledge of the existence of the Philippine Bagani Force Tribal Army.”
The same statement said the public must be informed that it is unlawful for any person who is not a member of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to wear AFP ranks and uniforms based on Republic Act 3815 or the Revised Penal Code of the Philippines, as amended.
The two officials say that the 4th ID and NCIP, in coordination with other stakeholders, are continuously working on programs for thebetterment of the IPs.
Last week, three lumads, who were on their way to attend a wedding celebration in Kitaotao, were reportedly abducted by members of the New Peoples Army. Two of them were immediately released.
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