NPA-Abra ambushes butcher soldiers


The New People’s Army (NPA)-Abra (Agustin Begnalen Command) ambushed the abusive and butcher soldiers of the 24th IB and 72nd Division Reconnaissance Company (DRC) on January 4 in Barangay Pacgued, Malibcong, Abra. Nine soldiers were killed, including platoon leader 2Lt. Zaldy D. Lapis, Jr.

The surprise NPA attack against the soldiers was carried out swiftly. The said military units have been conducting focused operations and occupied the said community for a month. The NPA also sniped at a helicopter which responded to the scene and which was used to indiscriminately strafe the area. From January 5 to 7, the military deployed a Super Tucano bomber plane and droped 23 bombs which ravaged farmlands and forests.


The 24th IB and 72nd DRC are notorious for perpetrating fascist crimes against Abreños. These include the strafing of six young fisherfolk in Barangay Lan-ag, Lacub in February 2020. The victims survived the attack but the residents were traumatized. The victims include the chairman of the Sangguniang Kabataan in the barangay. The soldiers made it appear that the victims are members of the NPA. On top of this, the unit is also notorious for theft and ransacking the houses of civilians.

From 2018 to 2019, the 24th IB has relentlessly initimidated and threatened the members and leaders of Kakailian Salakniban Tay Amin a Nagtaudan, local chapter of the Cordillera People’s Alliance in Abra.

Negros. Thirteen soldiers of the 62nd IB were killed in an ambush by the NPA-Central Negros on January 10. Red fighters blasted the soldiers at Sitio Batong-buang, Barangay Trinidad, Guihulngan, Negros Oriental.

The 62nd IB operated in the community for more than a week. Ka JB Regalado, spokesman of the said NPA unit, belied the military’s claim that another encounter took place in the afternoon of the same day. “That was a misencounter between 62nd IB and CAFGU,” he pointed out. The offensive is a counteroffensive to the attacks and suppression campaign of the Duterte regime against Negrenses.

Albay. The NPA-Albay (Santos Binamera Command) was able to seize three short firearms in an ambush against the 31st IB on January 17 in Barangay Banquerohan, Legazpi City. Three soldiers were slain.

Rizal. The NPA-Rizal mounted two ambushes against a platoon comprised of elements of the 80th IB and Philippine National Police-Rizal at Sitio Dapis, Barangay Puray, Rodriguez on January 4. A soldier was killed and many others were wounded.

Panay. Red fighters launched three armed offensives against state forces in December 2020. Two ambushes were mounted by the NPA-Capiz against operating troops of the 12th IB in Barangay Buri, Tapaz, Capiz on December 9, 2020. On December 16, 2020, the NPA-Iloilo blasted a police mobile in Barangay Balicuas, Tubungan, Iloilo. A soldier was killed and eight others were wounded in the said offensives.

NPA-Abra ambushes butcher soldiers