NPA leader in Negros Occidental surrenders

first_imgFormer NPA combatant Albert Yanong Alon (center) surrenders to the officials of the 15th Infantry Battalion in Cauayan, Negros Occidental on May 22. Alon is believed to be one of the leaders of the rebel group in the province. 15th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army via PNA “I call on the other members of CPP-NPA to lay down your arms and live a peaceful life with your respective families. Your local government units, together with the 15IB, are willing to help those who will give up their armed activities,” he added.(With a report from PNA/PN) According to the 15IB, Alon was recruited by the CPP-NPA when he was only 16. BACOLOD City – A New People’s Army (NPA) leader has voluntarily surrendered to Philippine Army troops in Cauayan, Negros Occidental, the 15th Infantry Battalion (15IB) reported.  The 27-year-old Albert Yanong Alon alias “Butsoy” was a platoon leader of the North Negros Front and a squad leader of the SYP/SDG Platoon of the southwest Front operating in the area of Barangay Sangke in his hometown Hinobaan.He yielded on May 22 as a result of the 15IB’s Community Support Program campaign and triad operations to further pressure the communist-terrorists and their supporters in this province to end the armed struggle. Alon’s experience as a seasoned combatant made him a platoon leader of an independent unit operating in northern and southern Negros Occidental in 2012. “After many years, he has realized that the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP)-NPA only used him for their vested interests, and he had no respectable future if he decided to stay. But just like the previous surrenderers, it is not too late for him to live peacefully with his family,” he added. He joined the armed group, believing that being part of it would resolve his social concerns, particularly land issues. Alon added that with the assistance of 15IB, he could start over with his family without fear. “During my years in the struggle trying to destroy the government, I have not seen freedom, equality and peace. When our comrades die, their families do not receive any assistance and benefits from the organization,” he said. He urged his former comrades still fighting in the mountains to give up the armed struggle. Meanwhile, Hinoba-an Mayor Ernesto Estrao thanked the former rebel for deciding to surrender. According to the Army, Alon is the third high-ranking NPA official in this province who surrendered to 15IB this month. Lieutenant Colonel Erwin Cariño, commanding officer of 15IB, welcomed the former Alon’s decision to choose the right path towards peace by returning to the fold of the law.last_img read more

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Burke, Sacco both win twice for girls swim Bees

first_img Tags: Baldwinsvillegirls swimming Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Oswego still won the meet, 98-78, over B’ville, overcoming those individual titles along with the 200 medley relay where Burke and Sacco, along with Ashley Konz, and Makenna Williams, helped the Bees prevail in 2:06.30.Konz continued to shine in the 100 backstroke, winning in 1:04.20, also getting second place in the 50 freestyle in 27.34 seconds as Kate Cornell was third in the 100 freestyle. Konz, Sacco, Burke and Madeline Sauro were second in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:57.56.Having not swam at home yet this season, B’ville finally does so next Tuesday when it faced Skaneateles, two days before a trip to West Genesee.center_img Clare Burke and Kali Sacco’s pair of individual race victories led the Baldwinsville girls swim team’s efforts in Tuesday’s road meet against the Oswego Buccaneers.Burke, in the 200-yard freestyle, prevailed in two minutes, 10.72 seconds, edging Oswego’s Ciarrah Tynan (2:10.87) by 0.15 seconds. The 100 butterfly wasn’t as close, Burke winning in 1:07.69 to the 1:10.87 from the Bucs’ Maya Upcraft.Sacco swam the 200 individual medley in 2:25 flat to pull away from Mallory Upcraft (2:29.66), and then was victorious in the 100 breaststroke, going 1:18.18 to the 1:22.68 from the Bucs’ Grace Wing.last_img read more

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NHL, Calgary Flames investigating claim Bill Peters made racist comments to former player

first_imgMORE: Former players speak out against Mike BabcockWhile he didn’t mention Peters by name, the Flames head coach did work with Babcock with the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League and the Detroit Red Wings.Aliu, who is of Nigerian descent, claimed that his former coach, “Dropped the N bomb several times toward me” while also asking Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman and president John McDonough to send Aliu to the ECHL after Aliu admits he rebelled.Not very surprising the things we’re hearing about Babcock. Apple doesn’t fall far from the Tree, same sort of deal with his protege in YYC. Dropped the N bomb several times towards me in the dressing room in my rookie year because he didn’t like my choice of music. First one to— Akim Aliu (@Dreamer_Aliu78) November 26, 2019admit I rebelled against him. Wouldn’t you? And instead of remedying the situation, he wrote a letter to John McDonough and Stan Bowman to have me sent down to the ECHL. 20 year old on pace for 20 goals in his first pro year with zero PP/PK time was off to a great start in his— Akim Aliu (@Dreamer_Aliu78) November 26, 2019Pro career— Akim Aliu (@Dreamer_Aliu78) November 26, 2019Following the Flames’ 3-2 overtime loss, Peters was not made available to the media, as per Postmedia’s Wes Gilbertson . General manager Brad Treliving did speak to reporters after the game.“During tonight’s game, I was made aware of a tweet from former player Akim Aliu, and obviously I haven’t had a chance to sit down with Bill or our people internally to talk about this and get to the bottom of it. We take these matters very very seriously, so until such time as we have a chance to speak about it internally … we won’t have any further comment about it,” Treliving told reporters.The Flames and NHL later released a statement on the matter. As the Calgary Flames were facing off against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night, head coach Bill Peters was being accused of racist comments by a former player on social media.Akim Aliu, who played for Peters with the Chicago Blackhawks’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs, during the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons, tweeted about former Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock saying, “Not very surprising the things we’re hearing about Babcock. Apple doesn’t fall far from the Tree, same sort of deal with his protege in YYC.”  “Through social media, we became aware of this issue during the game this evening. We take these matters very seriously. We want to complete a full and proper investigation before we provide any further comments,” the statement read.NHL statement on last night’s social media posts by Akim Aliu. pic.twitter.com/aqS2h192QG— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) November 26, 2019A second former player named Sean McMorrow tweeted on Tuesday that Peters was “the worst human being ever to to ever coach me” and wrote that the coach treated him poorly during his 25-game stint with the IceHogs in 2008-09.Aliu played 53 games under Peters over two seasons in Rockford registering 13 goals and six assists. He was sent down during the 2009-10 season to the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye. Later in his career he was a member of the Flames organization and played in seven NHL games scoring two goals and an assist.last_img read more

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