ICPO forums seek to counter ‘NPA recruitment’ in schools

first_imgThese underage fighters were luredinto joining the NPA by false promises, according to Lieutenant Colonel JoelBenedict Batara, commander of the 61st Infantry Battalion (61IB). “We will enlighten the students aboutthe NPA and why it is not good to join the rebel group. Conducting forums is aproactive measure,” said Sangrines. The Philippine Army recently baredthat half or perhaps even majority of NPA cadres in Panay Island are below thelegal age of 18. The ICPO plans to conduct forums inhigh schools and colleges. “Broken promises led some of them tosurrender,” he revealed. In July, a rebel who surrendered, KaAguila from Calinog, Iloilo, told the Army he was 15 years old when he wasrecruited to the NPA. His role was agaw armas (seizing firearms)from policemen. ILOILO City – The Iloilo City PoliceOffice (ICPO) plans to counter the alleged recruitment activities of the NewPeople’s Army (NPA) in schools by conducting symposiums. There are an estimated 100 fighters inNPA Panay’s southern and central fronts, said Batara. “We are coordinating with variousschools if they can give us time to have a symposium with students,” saidPolice Captain Shella Mae Sangrines, ICPO spokesperson. He decided to surrender due toconstant hunger and the failed promise of their leaders of a monthly salary ofP5,000. According to Batara, the NPA recruitsyoungsters mostly in schools and far-flung barangays. He urged parents to monitorthe activities of their children./PNlast_img read more

Dzeko makes case for Wembley place

first_img He added: “With his goal we are in the Champions League and probably in second position.” Dzeko’s future has been the subject of speculation and Mancini feels the 27-year-old, who has now scored 14 times this season, can improve. He said: “In the end he has scored important goals this season. I think he can do better. For me he is a top striker but he could score more goals. “It is clear he didn’t play all the games. I think he is one of the best in Europe for me but he can do better than this year.” Yaya Toure, Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta, Sergio Aguero and David Silva were among those players rested by Mancini. Toure had been a fitness doubt after being withdrawn at half-time at Swansea last Saturday through fatigue but Mancini expects him to be fit for Wembley. He said: “Yaya was at home to sleep. He had a problem, he was tired. Against Swansea he had a problem and we prefer he had a rest. We have four days and I need to see the players the next couple of days. I will take the last decision on Saturday. “I thought this was a difficult game because we changed a lot of players. We needed fresh players for this game and in the end it is important that we won.” Press Association Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini felt Edin Dzeko had given him an FA Cup final selection nudge by scoring his side’s winner against West Brom.center_img The Bosnian struck against the Baggies for the third time this season to hand a much-changed City a 1-0 win from a surprisingly open Barclays Premier League contest at the Etihad Stadium. The victory strengthened City’s grip on second place in the table and also made mathematically certain of Champions League football next season. Mancini had made eight changes with Saturday’s Wembley date with Wigan in mind but Dzeko could have played himself into contention, and the Italian said: “Yes, could be. I am happy because he scored an important goal. We have four days to recover from this game, so could be.” last_img read more

Dettori chasing double in Epsom Derby

first_imgFrankie Dettori’s chasing a double in racing’s Epsom Derby this afternoon.The jockey won The Oaks on Enable at the Surrey course yesterday – and rides Cracksman in the showpiece event later.It would be the third time he’s taken the title in his career – and they line-up as second-favourites behind Cliffs of Moher. That goes to post at 4.30.Meanwhile the Royal County Handicap at 25-to-four is the feature a seven-race flat card at Navan which begins at twenty-past-one.While there’s a seven-race jumps card from 6pm at Tramore. Stock photo of horse racing | Photo © Pixabaylast_img read more