Offensives against FMOs in Bukidnon
Ang Bayan reports indicate that the New People’s Army-North Central Mindanao Region (NPA-NCMR) was able to launch 30 armed actions amid the AFP’s focused military operations (FMOs) in Bukidnon (March 2018-January 2019). Twenty of these are direct blows against FMO troops.
Most notable of these were the 14 armed actions (13 offensives and a defensive) mounted by the NPA on December 2018 against FMOs in the triboundary of Bukidnon, Agusan del Sur and Misamis Oriental. NPA units reported that 17 soldiers were killed while two others were wounded during these operations.
Meanwhile, four armed actions were mounted by the NPA against 300 soldiers operating in neighboring areas of Malaybalay City, Impasug-ong and Manolo Fortich on August 2018. A soldier was killed while another was wounded. The 1st Special Forces Battalion, 8th IB and 43rd Division Reconnaissance Company conducted its operation from August 8-20 in an attempt to decimate an NPA unit.
On the first day of the encirclement operation of the 8th IB on July 19, 2018, they were ambushed Red fighters in Barangay Busdi, Malaybalay City. Meanwhile, on the last day of the 12th Scout Ranger Company’s FMO in Barangay Lumintao, Quezon on July 2018, seven of its troops were killed and six others were wounded after being ambushed by the NPA.
In sum, the NPA has dealt two platoons of casualties on the AFP during the said period. At least 40 were killed while 16 others were wounded. The NPA was also able to mount a punitive action against Dole Philippines on January 2019.
FMOs are not a hindrance to limit NPA armed actions. Intelligence operations and planning have to be efficiently conducted to deal blows against the enemy at a particular time.