New People's Army propaganda statement posted to the National Democratic Front Website (Jul 29): Two-faced AFP violated own ceasefire, is ambushed in Davao del Norte
Red fighters of the Comval North Davao South Agusan Sub-Regional Command of the New People’s Army in Southern Mindanao thwarted a military offensive by the Civilian Auxilliary Force Geographical Unit (CAFGU) of the 72nd Infantry Battalion and armed Alamara paramilitary troops and carried out an ambuscade that killed Alamara member Panggong Bukad, and wounded four others in Bagnakan, Sitio Muling, Brgy. Gupitan, Kapalong, Davao del Norte, July 27.
The ambush was in adherence to the directive by the NPA National Operations Command for Red fighters to maintain on alert status and on active defense mode in response to Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s declared unilateral ceasefire with the National Democratic Front, NPA and the Communist Party of the Philippines during his State of the Nation Address on July 25.
The fascist AFP deceived its own Commander-in-Chief by saying that the NPA violated the unilateral ceasefire when it waylaid the PDOP (Peace & Development Outreach Program) troops who were returning to their detachment in Sitio Patil, Barangay Gupitan. Nothing can be so farther from the truth.
The AFP and the Alamara have been on active operation in Kapalong, resulting in several engagements including its July 5 ambush that wounded one Red fighter. Determined to continue its offensive military operations in Kapalong, the same troops ignored the ceasefire declaration of their Commander In Chief and again took off for combat operation from their detachment in Brgy. Patil on July 26.
The NPA guerrillas were able to detect their movement enroute to what the military and the paramilitary purported to be fixed NPA targets some 20 kilometers away from their detachment. Had the Red fighters not taken the initiative to actively defend itself by intercepting the 72nd IB/Alamara troops, the operating AFP troops would have carried out its own combat action and inflicted damage against the NPA unit.
In twisting the facts presented to their commander-in-chief, the AFP is leaving out the glaring truth that the its troops were clearly on combat operation and not engaged in “civilian” activities, in direct violation to GRP Pres. Duterte’s ceasefire order.
GPH Pres. Duterte, having acted as mediator on several occasions in the past regarding the abuses perpetrated by the Alamara against the Lumads in Kapalong, knows well how the AFP employs the paramilitary Alamara in its counter-revolutionary and anti-people campaign. This is the same fanatical armed group that killed several of their own Lumad kin, harassed and threatened hundreds of civilians and continue to displace Lumads from their livelihood and communities. The Lumads, who since late last year have evacuated to Davao City, are still in fear of returning to their homes and communities because of the presence of AFP troops and the Alamara.
The NPA abides with the spirit of the resumption of the peace negotiations in addressing the roots of the civil war, respects the ceasefire order of GPH Pres. Duterte, and strictly adheres to the directive of the national leadership and the CPP. It is the militarist clique in the AFP and its paramilitaries like the Alamara that ridicule their Commander In Chief in virulently sabotaging the peace process.
(sgd.) Aris Francisco
Comval North Davao South Agusan Subregional Command