From Panay News (Jun 20): Negros Reds belittle Army deployment
The Leonardo Panaligan Command of the New People’s Army (NPA) belittled the additional deployment of forces to the Philippine Army’s 3rd Infantry Division based in Negros Island.
NPA spokesman Ka JB Regalado said they have launched six tactical offensives to welcome the additional forces on June 12 – the Philippine Independence Day.
He added that their forces “successfully” rendered a punitive action against Mike “Dongkoy” Jakosalem, a village official in Barangay Humayhumay, Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental.
The NPA accused Jakosalem of being a drug lord and leading a crime syndicate in Negros Island and Cebu province.
Regalado said the rebels injured Jakosalem and killed his bodyguard on June 13.
On the same day, the NPA forces also attacked two Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit detachments in Guihulngan City and Trinidad town in Negros Oriental.
The remaining three tactical offensives were launched in Moises Padilla and La Castellana in Negros Occidental and another area in Guihulngan City on June 14, said Regalado, but did not further elaborate what these offensives were.
The NPA said in the first five months of the year, it already launched 28 tactical operations that resulted to the confiscation of 34 firearms, nine handheld radios, six cellphones, and various ammunition.