Posted to the National Democratic Front (NDF) Website (Jan 21): Three clashes between 3rd SFB, 'Magahat' and NPA in Augsan del Sur
Eight (8) were killed while seven (7) were wounded from the 3rd Special Forces Battalion (SFB) and ‘Magahat’ while two (2) NPA were slightly hit in the three (3) clashes that happened last January 15-16, 2016 in Brgy. Mabuhay, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur.
The 3rd SFB PA along with the bandit ‘Magahat’ were on military operations from their camp in Inagawan, Prosperidad towards the mountain area of Mabini and Mabuhay in Prosperidad. Bobby Tejero, Romeo Banusan, Emie Perez and Anit Belandres all members of ‘Magahat’ under Kalpit Egwa, were seen by residents with the group. Bobby Tejero is one of those implicated in the massacre of Lumads in Han-ayan, Diatagon, Lianga last September 1, 2015, while Banusan is the leader of another group of the ‘Magahat’ encamped in Sitio Inagawan, La Purisima, Prosperidad. Anit Belandres is the brother of Marcial Belandres who killed lumad-leader Henry Alameda last October 24, 2014 in Brgy. San Isidro, Lianga, Surigao del Sur.
January 15, 7:40 in the morning, a unit of the NPA-Front 19 ambushed 12 ‘Magahat’ troops led by Romeo Banusan while they were patrolling in Purok 6, Mabuhay, Prosperidad. The firefight lasted 15 minutes, with no casualty from both sides. At around 1:00 o’clock in the afternoon, another NPA team harassed the same ‘Magahat’ group while they were going towards Purok 6, Mabuhay, Prosperidad. The firefight went on for 20 minutes and 2 enemies were hit, while an NPA was slightly hit.
January 16, at around 9:20 in the morning, 50 combined 3rd SFB PA and ‘Magahat’ troops attacked an NPA position in Sitio Kauswagan, Mabuhay, Prosperidad. Six (6) enemies were killed and seven (7) were wounded after almost 20 minutes of firefight, while one (1) NPA was wounded and a few things were left behind.
These recent incidents confirms the fact that the criminal group of the Tejero brothers and Marcial Belandres, who have arrest warrants for the killings of lumads, are with AFP units. This shows that the AFP do not intend to arrest these criminals and that the creation of Task Force Bangkaw supposedly to go after them, is just for show.
The statements of Col. Isidro Purisima of the 402nd Bde PA that there were 5 NPA killed in the 3 clashes are but lies. It is but a desperate act to cover the fact that they have been protecting the wanted brothers Bobby and Loloy Tejero, Garito Layno and Marcial Belandres. This further show that they do not have any intention of letting the lumad evacuees in Tandag City whose main demand was the capture of these 4 criminals, return safely to their communities.
Ka Maria Malaya