3ID ignorant of rev movement in Negros, seized M16 in Tan-auan fake news

Ka Juanito Magbanua, spokesperson of the Apolinario Gatmaitan Command – New People’s Army Regional Command in Negros Island (AGC-NPA), slammed Eric Vinoya, 3rd Infantry Division commander, for his ignorant comments on the revolutionary movement in Negros.

Magbanua pointed out that Vinoya does not understand the armed struggle waged by the people against the ruling class of big landlords, big bourgeois compradors and their master, US imperialism.

“The existence and strength of the five guerrilla fronts in Negros Island proves the intensive and extensive support of the people, which is why whatever the succeeding regimes do these guerrilla fronts remain from the northern to the southern parts of the Island,” said Magbanua.

Magbanua explained that the presence of many despotic land lords in Negros is the reason that it is a national priority of the [regimes’s] “counter-insurgency” campaign.

He remarked that the military leadership in Negros claims that the NPA is weak but contrary to this 14 battalions composed of the Philippine Army’s five infantry battalions (IB), Scout Ranger and Division Reconnaissance Company, the battalions of the Special Action Force and Regional Mobile Force of the Philippine National Police (PNP), and the Civilian Armed Force Geographical Unit (CAFGU) are deployed to the Island.

“This shows that the revolutionary force in Negros Island have been revitalized since its rectification movement in the 1990s affecting the political and economic interests of the ruling class,” he said.

‘Fake news’

Magbanua also confirmed that Red fighters from the Mt. Cansermon Command – South Central Negros Front were in an encounter against elements of the 94th IB killing three soldiers and wounded more last July 22, 3:10PM at Sitio Manulaya, Brgy. Tan-auan, Kabankalan City.

“Reports from MCC-NPA verifies the encounter, however, no M16 rifle and ammunition were left behind. This is another case of fake news fabricated by the 94th IB, Philippine Army,” he added.

Combat ops harassed

Meanwhile, a team of the Armando Sumayang, Jr. Command (ASJC-NPA) in southwest Negros harassed 15th IB troops conducting focused military operations at Sitio Makapula, Brgy. Cabia-an, Candoni on July 23, 4:38 in the aftenoon.

This followed a series of encounters also in the municipality of Candoni last July 20 wherein ASJC-NPA spokesperson Ka Andrea Guerrero affirmed that five soldiers were killed in the first two waves of gunfight at Sitio Guinobatan, Barangay Caningay, Candoni, Negros Occidental.###

3ID ignorant of rev movement in Negros, seized M16 in Tan-auan fake news