Red fighters launched eight victorious military actions in various parts of the country to welcome the 45th anniversary of the New People’s Army (NPA).
Quezon. Ten soldiers were killed, including their commanding officer 1Lt. Rey Jun Blancada and five others were wounded when a unit of the Apolonio Mendoza Command (NPA-Quezon) used a command-detonated explosive (CDX) and rained bullets on a 15-man mercenary force of the 85th IB riding a Hummer-type jeep in Barangay Ilayang Cogorin, Lopez on March 24.
Agusan del Sur. An NPA team under the Western Agusan Norte-Agusan Sur Subregional Command detonated a CDX on a convoy of four six-by-six trucks bearing 26th IB and Scout Ranger troops at Km. 22, Side 2, Don Alejandro, San Luis at around 12:30 a.m. of March 20, killing two soldiers and wounding 15 others. One of the trucks was destroyed.
Misamis Oriental. A team under the Eastern Misamis Oriental-Northeast Bukidnon Subregional Command harassed 58th IB troops on patrol in Libertad,
, at around 4 p.m. of
March 15, killing two enemy soldiers. Gingoog
Rizal. Eight AFP troopers were wounded in back to back tactical offensives launched by Red fighters under the NPA Narciso Antazo Aramil Command (NAAC) in Baran gay Calawis,
on March 3 and 7. Antipolo City
Seven soldiers were wounded when an NAAC squad ambushed elements of the 16th IB conducting military operations on March 7. Earlier, another NAAC squad harassed a detachment of the 59th IB in Sitio Apya of the same barangay on March 3, wounding a soldier. There were no casualties among the Red guerrillas in these two firefights.
Ifugao. Two 54th IB troopers were wounded in a sniping operation by a unit under the Nona del Rosario Command (NPA-Ifugao) on March 21. The military unit was then conducting patrols in Barangay Camandag in Asipulo town. The Red fighters made a safe retreat.
Five troopers were killed and ten others were wounded when NPA Red guerrillas ambushed patrolling military units in Barangay Panuraun on March 12. Earlier, on February 16, another unit under the same NPA command ambushed elements of the 9th IB in Barangay New Barile, killing four soldiers and wounding three others.