Propaganda article from the English edition of Ang Bayan posted to the Communist Party of the Philippines Website (Sep 7): 4 firearms seized in Nueva Vizcaya
RED FIGHTERS of the New People’s Army (NPA)-Cagayan (Venerando Villacillo Command) seized four high powered firearms from a successful ambush against soldiers of the 84th IB.
The ambush was staged in Sitio Maglan, Barangay Dine, Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya around 7:30 a.m. last September 1 wherein a K3 light machinegun and three R4 rifles were confiscated. Six were killed from the 84th IB including SSgt. Dexter John Tagacay, Cpl. Jayson Sabado and Cpl. Rusty Galan.
The 84th IB is active in suppressing the struggle of the residents in the mountainous portions of Kasibu. The people, including the Bugkalot and Igorot tribes, protest the widespread destructive mining operations in the area. Notorious among these are the large companies OceanaGold and Royalco, both from Australia.
Meanwhile, the NPA-Sorsogon (Celso Minguez Command or CMC) meted out punishment on SPO1 Nestor Austero, an element of the PNP-Bulan who is active in counterinsurgency operations.
According to Ka Samuel Guerrero of the CMC, Austero is active in organizing a network of intelligence informers in the barangays of Bulan which have resulted in many cases of human rights violations in the area.
Advances of the NPA in EV
Meanwhile, the NPA-Eastern Visayas (Efren Martirez Command or EMC) reported the renewed vigor and strength of the NPA in the region amidst the US-Duterte regime’s counterinsurgency campaign Oplan Kapayapaan.
According to Ka Karlos Manuel, EMC spokesperson, Oplan Kapayapaan’s attacks are intense in at least 152 barangays in the region. The 8th ID also put up 41 additional camps. Likewise, the 8th ID targets 32 towns and cities in Eastern Visayas for its counterinsurgency offensives.
The NPA in the region militantly confronted this campaign. From March to August, 65 various types of armed actions were launched by the NPA in the region against soldiers of the 8th ID and the PNP. These have resulted in 61 killed and 39 wounded on the part of the reactionary forces. Ten high powered firearms, including an M60 machinegun, and six other types of firearms, have been confiscated from these offensives.
Within the same period, membership of the NPA grew by 24% and four new platoons and four new squads were built. As a result, NPA-Northern Samar’s two guerrilla fronts have each grown to company formations, and a new guerrilla front has been set up. In Leyte, a new guerrilla front was established in a strategic area covering five towns and 14 barangays.
[Ang Bayan is the official newspaper of the Communist Party of the Philippines. Ang Bayan is published in Pilipino, Bisaya, Hiligaynon, Waray and English. Download Ang Bayan from the Philippine Revolution Web Central at www.philippinerevolution.info. Ang Bayan is published fortnightly by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines.]