NPA propaganda statement posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines Website (Apr 10):
NPA-NEMR will not launch offensive actions during Holy Week
36th IB PA and 3rd SFB Attacks Against the NPA in Surigao Del Sur, a Failure
Ka Ariel Montero, Spokesperson
10 April 2017
The military operations launched by not less than 140 troops of the 36th IB PA and 7th coy 3rd SFB PA in the mountain areas of Marihatag and San Agustin, Surigao del Sur since April 5 until the present, totally failed. Two enemies (2) were killed and four (4) were wounded during this attack against the NPA-Front 19. Red fighters struck them three (3) times within one day in Brgy. Mahaba, Marihatag, Surigao del Sur. This happened last April 7, 2017 at 1:30 and 2:00 in the afternoon and at 11:00 in the evening. Last April 9, 2017 at 7:00 in the morning, enemy troops were seen exiting Brgy. Hanipaan, San Agustin, Surigao del Sur with their casualties.
Intending to cause damage to NPA-Front 19 and destroy the people’s unity, the 36th IBPA and 3rd SFB PA launched sustained military operations in several towns of Surigao del Sur. These military operations were successfully frustrated by the revolutionary forces and the NPA through conscious and active defense especially in the absence of a ceasefire declaration.
The 4th in the series of peace talks in the Netherlands finished last April 3-6, 2017. Among those settled upon was the agreement for a joint interim ceasefire. However, it will only take effect after the formulation of the common guidelines and ground rules for implementation and upon the formal declaration of a ceasefire by the NDFP and GRP. Thus, at present, there is no standing ceasefire.
On the other hand, the Regional Operational Command of the NPA-North Eastern Mindanao Region commands all NPA units within its area, to desist from launching offensive actions during the Holy Week from April 13 to April 16, 2017. The NPA will carry this out in respect of the Christian communities’ observation of the sacred Holy Week and for the orderly conduct of activities related to this celebration.
However, the people and the revolutionary forces must remain vigilant against the devious actions and plans of the AFP and PNP. Recall the incident in Sitio Iyao, Anticala, Butuan City last March 29, 2013 during the Holy Week activities of “Panaad 2013” where the 3rd SFB PA and PNP shot and killed two CAFGU members, Ariel Andojoyan and Ernie Darasin, to accuse and malign the NPA. If the the AFP/PNP can conspire against the NPA even during the Holy Week which is a sacred day for Christians, how much more during the continuing NDFP-GRP peace talks.
We know that the die-hard puppets of the US in the AFP and Duterte regime are trying hard to sabotage the peace talks. They strongly defend the interests of their foreign masters and local ruling class against the substantive issues related to the Comprehensive Agreement on Socio- Economic Reform (CASER). Thus, they will continue to find ways to harm the revolutionary movement and the legitimate demands of the Filipino people.
Therefore, all NPA-NEMR units and revolutionary forces must strongly follow the command of the ROC-NEMR. But, we should also remain firmly on active defense and be always ready against the attacks of AFP forces and to daringly confront these. Constantly frustrate these attacks and strive to inflict damage to the enemy.
We also call on the people and concerned sectors for peace, to be vigilant and expose the AFP/PNP’s malicious schemes to derail the significant achievements of the peace talks. Exert efforts to support the peace talks, advance the sectoral demands and continue to demand Duterte to fulfill his promises.
Expose and defeat the nefarious schemes of the AFP/PNP!