From the Manila Bulletin (Aug 2): Army not intimidated with NPA attacks
The Philippine Army’s 3rd Infantry Division (3ID) is not intimidated with the two consecutive attacks by the New People’s Army (NPA) in Iloilo and Capiz provinces.
“The harassments are clear indication of desperation. They know better that they are already irrelevant,” said Major General Dinoh Dolina, 3ID commander.
“They are afraid to directly engage with our troops, but they wanted to project that they are still a force to reckon with,” Dolina added.
Government troops under the 61st Infantry Battalion (61 IB) and the NPA rebels belonging to NPA Panay’s Southern Front Committee clashed Wednesday in Miag-ao town, Iloilo province. Lieutenant Colonel Sisenando Magbalot, 61 IB commander, said a gunfight ensued for five minutes before the NPA withdrew in different directions.
Wednesday’s clash came days after the NPA tried to attack the detachment of the Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit (CAFGU) Active Auxiliary also in Miag-ao town. The NPA rebels physically harassed the CAFGU volunteers.
Last July 16, several NPA rebels peppered bullets at another CAFGU attachment in Tapaz town, Capiz province. There was a similar incident in Igbaras town, Iloilo province last July 13.
“Our troops are not new to this kind of despairing move and they are always prepared for any NPA attacks,” added Dolina.