Philippines: Successful recent actions of the New People’s Army

Ang Bayan, October 21, 2010

Ten soldiers were killed and two were wounded in nine military actions launched by the New People’s Army (NPA) in different parts of Bicol from October 9 to 18.

In Masbate. The Jose Rapsing Command (JRC) of the NPA ambushed two policemen last October 18 in Barangay Buenasuerte, Pio V. Corpus. Killed were PO3 Nonilon Agbones and SPO1 Nilo Abejuela who were actively building an intelligence network in the area. A caliber .45 and a 9 mm pistol, magazines and ammunition were taken from them.

A day before, two soldiers were killed and two others were wounded when another team from the JRC-NPA peppered their vehicle with bullets in Barangay Maravilla, Palanas.

In Sorsogon. Four soldiers of the 49th IB under a certain Lieutenant De Jesus were killed and a number were wounded when the NPA detonated a bomb that hit a military truck in Sitio Cagdagat, Barangay Boton, Casiguran at exactly ten minutes past noon on October 11. The blown up truck was immediately cordoned off by Philippine Army soldiers to hide their casualties from the public. Continue reading

New People’s Army bombs sugar mill in Negros, Philippines

Victorias Milling Co. sugar refinery, Victorias, Negros, Occidental

Philippine Daily Inquirer, October 6, 2010

BACOLOD CITY, Philippines—More than 40 suspected New People’s Army rebels, some of them clad in police Regional Mobile Group camouflage uniforms, bombed and torched the water pumping facility of the Victorias Milling Co. sugar refinery Tuesday night in Victorias City, Negros Occidental.

Based on the police investigation, the estimated damage to the pumping station, which provides water to the operation of the VMC sugar refinery, was initially placed at P400,000.

Supt. Roderick Augustos Alba, officer in charge of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, on Wednesday said three armed rebels wearing police RMG uniforms arrived at the VMC water pumping station in Barangay 21, Victorias City, and disarmed a security guard of his 12-gauge shotgun. They were later joined by 10 others, including a woman.

After introducing themselves as NPA members, the rebels destroyed the transformer of the water pumping station facility, using an improvised bomb that resulted in a mild explosion.  Not contented with the result, the rebels poured gasoline and burned the facility, while a woman took video footage of the incident, Alba said. Continue reading

Philippines: Aquino’s undeclared martial law and the response of the New People’s Army

Noynoy Aquino’s ‘undeclared Martial Law’ would aggravate human rights violations

Jorge “Ka Oris” Madlos

Spokesperson, NDF Philippines, Mindanao

September 21, 2010

Today, September the 21st, the National Democratic Front of the Philippines — Mindanao (NDFP-Mindanao) joins the Filipino people in recollecting the tens of thousands of victims of grave human rights abuses upon the declaration of Martial Law. It was the Dictator Marcos’s virulent edict that plunged the nation into the darkest period of its history — 14 years of brutality when the people’s national democratic aspiration was single-handedly snuffed out through unrivalled and widespread repression.

Today, 23 years since the ouster of the fascist Marcos, and after the rule of four almost equally brutal regimes from Corazon Aquino to Gloria Arroyo, the symptoms of those dark years remain with us as summary executions, enforced disappearances, barefaced militarism and other appalling forms of human rights violations continue to persist.

On account of the newly installed Aquino government, it has carried on the infamous militarist legacy of the vile period of Martial Law despite the euphoria created by Mr. Aquino’s pre-programmed victory in the recent presidential elections and its hard sell campaign for ‘change.’ Continue reading

Philippines: New People’s Army condemns Army practice of using civilians as shields

AFP deployed at a checkpoint (file photo)

NPA slams 26th IB-AFP’s doublespeak; condemns AFP practice of using civilians as shields

Ka Aris Francisco, Alejandro Lanaja Command, Front 3 Operations Command, New Peoples Army-Southern Mindanao

September 6, 2010

The NPA’s Alejandro Lanaja Command-Front 3 Operations Command issues this statement to clarify another half-truth the AFP has fed to the media regarding a civilian who was wounded in an encounter between the joint forces of the 26th IB-AFP/Division Reconnaissance Company and the Front 3 Operations Command-NPA, August 25 at the boundary of Barangay Zion, Sta. Josefa town and Barangay Sampaguita, Veruela town in Agusan del Sur.

The NPA investigation conducted showed that the wounded civilian Zosimo Tapia, a resident of Sitio Tugpan, Barangay Sampaguita, Veruela, was used as ‘guide’ along with another civilian, Boy Devosura in the AFP combat-raid operation. The 26th IB-AFP used the two civilians as expendable pawns in its attempt to raid NPA fighters; putting them in the line of fire as pointmen in the August 25 AFP combat-raid operation against the NPA. The AFP raiding column was repulsed by the Red fighters. Two enlisted personnel and a Cafgu were wounded-in-action in that engagement.

The AFP has deliberately put civilians like Tapia and Devosura in harm’s way especially in combat operations. The AFP should be made to account for what befell civilian Tapia. Continue reading

Philippines: More on the New People’s Army tactical offensive in Northern Samar

New People's Army soldiers in training.

Additional clarifications on the Aug. 21 Catarman tactical offensive

Ka Amado Pesante, Spokesperson, Rodante Urtal Command, NPA-Northern Samar

September 3, 2010

This is the official statement of the Rodante Urtal Command, New People’s Army-Northern Samar, regarding its Aug. 21 tactical offensive in Brgy. Imelda, Catarman.

We successfully carried out the tactical offensive that targeted first T/Sgt. Rolando de Guia, an active military element of the 63rd Infantry Battalion, and second, the reinforcements sent by the Philippine National Police-Catarman.

T/Sgt. Rolando de Guia took on the cover of a civilian as a village councilor of Brgy. Imelda. But he was in reality a military intelligence handler on active duty under the 63rd IB. It was confirmed by the NPA that De Guia handled intelligence agents and barangay intelligence networks in Catarman. Before transferring to the 63rd IB, De Guia used to be with the 19th IB from the 1980s to the 1990s, where he gained notoriety as a brutal trainor-instructor of the paramilitary CAFGU. De Guia therefore was a legitimate target as an active enemy soldier, and was furthermore sentenced to death by the people’s court for espionage.

The NPA also ambushed the enemy reinforcements sent by the PNP-Catarman, which was anticipated and thus also proved De Guia’s significance was known to the PNP, hence their attempt to secure him. After their vehicle was disabled by command-detonated explosives, the eight PNP elements were all killed in action. Continue reading

Refuting Army Psywar Lies against the New People’s Army

AFP psywar resorting to spinning outright lies against NPA

September 2, 2010

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today denounced the psywar machinery of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for feeding the media with lies against the New People’s Army (NPA) the past several days.

The CPP cited three lies that the AFP’s psywar production groups have successively churned out in the past several days:

LIE: That the ambushed personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP) were executed one by one by the Red fighters in the tactical offensive launched by the NPA in Barangay Imelda, Catarman, Northern Samar last August 21.

TRUTH: The PNP personnel were fully armed combatants deployed to engage the NPA in combat, refused to surrender after being pinned down by the Red fighters and were annihilated in an ensuing close quarter battle. Continue reading

New People’s Army Wipes Out Army Unit in Mt. Province, Philippines

10 July 2010

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today congratulated the New People’s Army (NPA) for its successful ambush shortly before noon yesterday on an elite team of the Philippine Army’s 52nd Division Reconnaissance Company in Sitio Chawer, Samoki, Bontoc, Mt. Province.

The entire seven-man contigent of the 501st Brigade, including its team leader 1Lt. Lito Punio was wiped out. The NPA seized two M203 grenade launchers, four M16 Armalites and other war materiél.

“The Filipino people celebrate the exemplary victory of the NPA in Bontoc yesterday,” said the CPP. “With revolutionary dedication and the solid support of the people, the NPA Red fighters put to use their mastery of guerrilla tactics in wiping out the supposedly elite government military unit and seize all its weapons.”

“The heavily armed fascist unit was ambushed close to the 501st Brigade tactical command base where it came from and was on its way to support troops of the 5th Infantry Division engaged in combat operations against the NPA in the Cordillera Mining concession area that they are protecting against the interests and resistance of the people. That the people’s army successfully ambushed the enemy contingent close to the tactical command base of its battlefield operations only shows how confident the NPA unit was with its tactical superiority and support of the people.” Continue reading