NPA ambushes PNP in Mt. Province
Ten police officer’s were wounded while one was killed in an ambush successfully launched by the New People’s Army-Mt. Province (Leonardo Pacsi Command or LPC) against PNP operating troops in Mt. Masini in Barangay Aguid, Sagada last June 5. Among the wounded are PSupt. Joseph Bangcawayan and Insp. Mariano Liban Jr..
According to Ka Magno Ugyaw, spokesperson of the LPC, the PNP has been operating in the area since February to arrest small-scale miners who purportedly operate without permits. Ironically, the destructive operations of foreign large mining corporations remain unhampered. Under the pretext of a bogus total log ban, police officers prohibit indigenous peoples in the area from cutting timber for household use. These two pseudo-environmentally friendly campaigns have been extensively used to violate the rights of the people.
Ka Magno added that the prohibition imposed by the PNP on the Igorots to use the resources in their own ancestral lands is a blatant violation of their right.
Meanwhile, in Northeastern Mindanao Region, NPA units conducted not less than seven military actions last May 25-31. The AFP suffered not less than eight casualties from these successful attacks.
Two harassments and a sniping operation were conducted by the NPA-Surigao del Sur. On May 25, the NPA was able to flank and fire at the 36th IB headquarters in Upper Ambago, Barangay Dayuan, Tago. On May 26, another NPA unit harassed the 75th IB troopers in Km. 9, Diatagon, Lianga. On May 31, the NPA sniped the “C” company 36th IB headquarters in Barangay Cabangahan, Cantilan. Sgt. Alden Awadi was killed in action.
In Surigao del Norte, the NPA ambushed 36th IB troopers on May 26 in Little Baguio, Bacuag who were returning from their military operation. One was killed while five were wounded among the soldiers.
In Agusan del Sur, the NPA harassed a CAFGU detachment in Barangay New Tubigon, Sibagat on May 29. On the following day, the NPA sniped elements of the 8th Special Forces Coy occupying Sitio San Roque, Magsaysay, in the same town.
On May 30 in Agusan del Norte, the NPA ambushed Edgar Panisan, an active CAFGU trooper in Mahaba, Cabadbaran. Panisan used his position in the village as councilor to conduct surveillance and coerce civilians to surrender as NPA members.
In North Cotabato, the NPA was able to seize the initiative from attacking 39th IB troopers on May 8 at around 10 a.m. in Sitio Kapatagan, Barangay Luayon, Makilala. Not less than nine were killed among the soldiers during the firefight.
In South Cotabato, the NPA blew up a command-detonated explosive against troops of the 27th IB in Sitio Lemteneneg, Barangay Kematu, T’boli on May 8. Ten AFP troopers died while 11 were wounded.
In Quezon, the NPA sniped operating troops of the 80th IB in Sitio Longo, Umiray, General Nakar on May 24 at around 6 a.m. An AFP official was killed in action. On May 27, the NPA harassed a platoon of the 80th IB in Sitio Inamitan in the same barangay. Several soldiers were wounded in the offensive.
[Ang Bayan is the official news organ of the Communist Party of the