From the Mindanao Examiner blog site (Aug 28): NPA ambush kills militia in Compostela Valley
Communist rebels killed a government militia and wounded a soldier in an ambush
in the southern Philippine province of Compostela Valley province, officials
told the regional newspaper Mindanao Examiner.
Officials said New
People’s Army opened fire on the duo – Matrinillo Enot and Pfc. Calid Alo – who
were travelling on a motorcycle in the village of Casoon in Monkayo town.
The rebels escaped after the ambush allowing villagers to help the
victims who were rushed to hospital in Tagum City, according to army Capt.
Albert Caber, a spokesman for the Eastern Mindanao Command.
quoting a Lt. Col. Elmer Aterado, commander of the 25th Infantry Battalion, said
the victims were unarmed and in civilian clothes heading to their patrol base
when the attack occurred.
“This is another deliberate violation against
human rights committed by the NPA. Our troops are simply protecting the
community from illegal activities of the NPA such as extortion, among others,”
Caber said the Lt. Gen. Ricardo Rainier Cruz III, chief of
the Eastern Mindanao Command, condemned the attack on Alo and Enot and ordered
troops to intensify their operations against the rebel group, which has been
fighting for a separate state in the country.
“I directed all military
units to remain vigilant in carrying out peace and development initiatives in
the region,” Cruz said.
The NPA owned up the attack and said it was part
of a harassment campaign to combat preparations for the bio-fuel, palm oil and
mining projects in Agusan and Compostela Valley boundaries.
the military, specially its so-called peace and development teams, of abusing
villagers to pave the way for the large-scale bio-fuel, palm oil and mining
“These active NPA tactical offensives are meant to protect the
gains of the anti-feudal campaign in the countryside of Agusan and Compostela
Valley boundaries,” Aris Francisco, a spokesman for the rebel forces operating
in the area, said in a separate statement to the Mindanao Examiner.
masses and the revolutionary forces are persevering in advancing the agrarian
revolution in these areas. In the last couple of years and more so in recent
months, advances in the struggle for land reform are gaining momentum—successes
which the enemy are seeking to reverse. Village-level anti-feudal struggles are
gaining ground and reactivating thousands of mass activists and revolutionary
mass organizations. The collective work and communal work in the farms have
benefited thousands of peasant and Lumad families in Agusan,” he said.