Propaganda article from the English edition of Ang Bayan posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines Website (Jun 21): NPA-Panay seizes 11 M16s
A UNIT of the New Peoples Army (NPA)-Southern Panay (Napoleon Tumagtang Command) successfully overran the municipal police station of Maasin, Iloilo, at 10:30 am on June 18. After a 20-minute operation where no shots were fired, the NPA seized 11 M16 rifles, four pistols, ammunition and VHF radios. The Red fighters safely withdrew after taking the firearms. Before retreating, they distributed leaflets explaining the purpose of the raid.
According to Ka Julio Montana, spokesperson of NPA-Panay (Coronacion Chiva Waling-Waling Command), the detachment was disarmed because its policemen have long been extorting money from small peddlers in the town center. They also tolerate the proliferation of illegal drugs and gambling.
The next day, panicky operating troops of the 61st IB and Alsa Masa fired at each other in Lampaya, Leon, Iloilo. Romeo Cabalong, a member of Alsa Masa and barangay tanod in the place, was wounded in the misencounter.
In Compostela Valley, Red fighters ambushed a 71st IB unit in New Barili, Maco. Two soldiers were killed and four were wounded. This was the same military force that attacked an NPA unit a few hours before.
A unit of the Apolonio Mendoza Command successfully launched an ambush in Barangay Pala-Ajos, Catanauan, Quezon on June 18, around 10:30 p.m. They used a command-detonated explosive to blast a 6×6 truck with at least 24 soldiers of the 85th IB. Military officials claimed two casualties but according to residents in the area, they saw 10 wounded and one dead.
The soldiers fired indiscriminately for more than 15 minutes even as the Red fighters had already withdrawn. Meanwhile, the 1st Pulang Bagani Battalion attacked troops of the 16th IB in Barangay Paradise Embac on June 11 where nine soldiers were killed and six were wounded.
On June 9, a unit of the 6th Pulang Bagani Company and Guerrilla Front 18 captured SPO2 George Canete Rupinta, Badge No. 080699, of Barangay Tagugpo, Lupon, Davao Oriental. Red fighters confiscated his 9 mm pistol issue. That same day, the NPA-North Central Mindanao Region (Western Agusan del Norte-Agusan del Sur Sub-Regional Command) ambushed troops of the 26th IB near the latter’s patrol base in Barangay Comota, La Paz, Agusan Del Sur around 8 a.m. One soldier was killed. A newly issued R4 rifle was taken from him.
On June 7, a unit of the NPA-Jennifer Cariño Command punished the Lepanto Consolidated Mining Company, a foreign mining company in Cabatuan, Barangay Colalo, Mang-kayan, Benguet. They destroyed the companys blasting equipment and tailings dam which pollutes the water system in the area. The Red fighters also destroyed a barangay police outpost.
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