Sunday, May 7, 2017

Insincerity showing

From the Mindanao Times (May 8): Insincerity showing

Attack on security agency, soldier abduction proves NPA duplicity: army

THE ARMY blasted the New People’s Army for its insincerity over the ongoing peace talks after storming a security agency in Jaunilla subdivision in Valencia City, and abducting a soldier around 6:30 p.m. this past Friday.

In a statement, Maj. Gen Benjamin Madrigal Jr, the 4th Infantry Division commander, said the NPA only showed to the whole world that it’s true nature. While communist guerrillas recently released two government troops purportedly as goodwill in support of the peace talks, another team went on an abducted another.
He was referring to Sgt. Solaiman Calocop and PFC. Samuel Garay of the 39th Infantry Battalion who were turned over to third-party facilitators in Barangay Colonbasac in Matanao, Davao del Sur last month.

“Everybody is now asking the same questions, ‘Can we really trust them? Do they really care about the future of our nation when the only thing that is left in their mind is purely violence?’”

“We decry another dastardly act committed by the NPA and we promise everyone that there will be no letup on our rescue operation to put pressure on the NPAs for them to immediately release our soldier,” Madrigal added.

According to the report, the rebels disguised themselves as PNP personnel, entered the Dasia security agency compound and started pointing guns at everyone. The NPA took the agency’s firearms, stole some of their valuable belongings and placed them inside two armored vehicles.

Outside the compound, there was another group of NPAs also dressed as PNP personnel.

They conducted a checkpoint and flagged down all passing motorists. They also told motorists that they are conducting tokhang operations in the area, referring to the anti-drug campaign of the government.

Meanwhile, one off-duty soldier, along with his wife, was stopped by the group. He presented his ID as asked, which identified him as a soldier assigned to the 8th IB. He was dragged off his motorcycle and thrown inside the armored truck.
The NPAs eventually fled on board a pick-up truck, van and two armored vehicles.

Meanwhile, police arrested an alleged NPA informant inside his rented boarding house after his location was tipped by a concerned citizen. They were able to recover from his possession four pieces chargers; one scope; camouflage raincoat and sniper veil; surveillance eyeglasses; five pieces dry batteries; medical kits and cellphone.

The suspect is temporarily detained in Valencia City Police Station for proper disposition.

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