Philippines: Successful operations of the New People’s Army in June and July

NPA column

Ang Bayan, August 21, 2010

NPA seizes 10 firearms

Red fighters of the New People’s Army (NPA) seized ten firearms in various armed actions from June to July. Eight enemy soldiers were also killed and another eight were wounded in these military actions.

July 30. Two elements of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Capiz were wounded in two NPA tactical offensives that also netted four firearms for the people’s army.

The policemen were ambushed while on their way to Barangay Banate, Pontevedra, Capiz. They were responding to reports of an NPA disarming operation against the Banate village chief but were waylaid while their vehicle was still in Sitio San Jose in Barangay Hipona. The Red fighters seized three pistols and a shotgun from the barangay captain of Banate.

Previous to this, the NPA conducted a harassment operation on July 26 against a detachment of the 82nd IB in Barangay Osorio I, San Remigio, Antique. The NPA traded shots with military troops and CAFGU and CVO elements for several minutes.

July 8. The Eking Balacuit Command of the NPA in Misamis Oriental successfully conducted a disarming operation on two bodyguards of Gingoog City mayor Ruth Guingona. The NPA confiscated a 9 mm pistol and a cal .38 revolver from them when they went to visit their employer’s landholdings in Barangay San Luis in Medina town at around 8 a.m. The NPA also seized two VHF radios from the bodyguards.

At around 9:30 a.m., the Red fighters raided the house of a former village chief of Barangay San Vicente in the same town, using a vehicle commandeered from Guingona’s bodyguards. They seized another 9 mm pistol from this operation.

The Red fighters then proceeded to Barangay Bangbang at 10:25 a.m. to disarm another abusive element of his shotgun. The village toughie had been using his shotgun to terrorize civilians.

The previous day, Red fighters of the NPA Jabbar Salipudan Command had disarmed a CAFGU element in Barangay Malinwag, Esperanza, Surigao del Sur, seizing a Garand and a 9 mm pistol.

June 28-29. At least eight soldiers were killed in two back to back firefights between the 75th IB and Red fighters of the NPA Boyboy Roa Command in Sitio Sto. Domingo, Lumintao, Quezon, Bukidnon. Five soldiers were killed on the spot in the first gunbattle. The day after, three more soldiers from the same military unit were killed after the NPA detonated an explosive along their path. No casualties were suffered by the NPA. In retaliation for their casualties, the soldiers fired seven mortar rounds without concern for the safety of civilians in the area.

June 4 and 8. Six soldiers were wounded in harassment operations by NPA units against military troops in Surigao del Sur.

Five soldiers from the Philippine Army 30th IB and Scout Rangers were wounded in the first harassment operation in Sitio Uma, Barangay Camam-oman in Gigaquit town.

Four days later, a soldier was killed in an NPA sniping operation in the same village.

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