NPA mounts successive armed actions in Surigao and Agusan
Units of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Northeastern Mindanao Region mounted five armed actions over the past weeks.
The NPA-Surigao del Norte paralyzed a dump truck and a payloader owned by a quarry company in Magtiaco River, Barangay San Pedro, Alegria, Surigao del Norte last April 19. Damages were estimated at around ₱5.7 million.
The NPA unit meted the sanction against the said quarry operation owned by Alegria councilor Ruel Jalasan for causing environmental destruction and disrupting the river flow resulting in floods in surrounding communities. The company also does not properly compensate their workers.
In Lianga, Surigao del Sur, NPA snipers hit a unit of 3rd Special Forces Battalion last April 27. The following day, the NPA disarmed a San Miguel town mayoral candidate for using armed goons to threaten voters. Red fighters confiscated from Rolmar “Mamal” Basalan’s residence in Purok 1, Barangay Siagao an M16 rifle, three calibre .45 pistols, seven radios, magazines and ammunition.
Last April 30, NPA-Surigao del Sur fired at troops of the 36th IB operating in Barangay Nurcia, Lanuza. Two enemy casualties were reported.
On the same day, NPA-Agusan del Norte mounted a harassment operation against a counterinurgency unit of the police’s Special Action Force in Purok Santol, Barangay Los Angeles, Butuan City.