NPA launches armed attacks in 5 provinces
Six armed actions were launched by Red fighters, according to reports by the New People’s Army (NPA) in recent weeks. These armed actions include enforcement of the revolutionary movement’s environmental policies.
In Quezon, a soldier of the 80th IB was killed and two were wounded in an armed action by the NPA-Quezon on September 27 in Sitio Mararaot, Barangay Lumutan, General Nakar. The enemy unit had been operating in the area for almost two weeks. The incident belies the February declaration that General Nakar was “insurgency-free”.
In Eastern Samar, Red fighters opened fire at the combined operating troops from the 4th Scout Ranger Battalion (SRB) and 42nd IB in Sitio Barayan, Barangay Pandol, Can-avid, Eastern Samar on August 23. Red fighters quietly edged close to the operating military troops and opened fire for five minutes before the soldiers could return fire. Two elements of the 4th SRB were killed while three were wounded. The military desperately tried to hide their defeat from the public after having declared Can-Avid town as “insurgency-free”.
In Oriental Mindoro, NPA-Mindoro attacked quarry operations along the Bongabong River, Barangay Hagupit, Bongabong in the afternoon of September 20. A payloader used in the operations was paralyzed and set ablaze by Red fighters. Mayor Elgin Malaluan of Bongabong owns the quarry. The NPA said their action serves as stern warning against those who destroy the environment throughout the island.
In Western Samar, a CAFGU personnel and a military asset were ambushed by NPA operatives on September 16 and 17. Both were involved in combat operations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and were key intelligence assets who caused grave harm to the masses in the area.
In Bukidnon, NPA snipers hit the 48th IB troops guarding a checkpoint in Barangay Cawayan in Quezon on September 13. A soldier was hit and died on the spot.
On September 10, the NPA-Bukidnon encountered operating troops of the 89th IB in Sitio Logdeck 6, Barangay Linabo, Quezon. Residents in the area confirmed that a soldier was killed and another was injured.