Friday, May 10, 2019

NPA attack on RPA hit

From the Visayan Daily Star (May 10, 2019): NPA attack on RPA hit

The Kapatiran, formerly known as the Revolutionary Proletarian Army-Alex Boncayao Brigade, yesterday slammed the New People’s Army Apolinario Gatmaitan Command that admitted to be behind the treacherous assault on its helpless members Wednesday in Brgy. Locotan, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental.

Presidential Peace Adviser Carlito Galvez Jr. yesterday also strongly condemned the attack.

Galvez called the attack “a brazen assault against concrete peace gains and efforts on the ground.”

“This attack only shows the gruesome and inhumane methods the CPP-NPA would utilize in order to promote their twisted brand of ideology,” he added.

Kapatiran spokesman Tomas Labrador yesterday said that the NPA claims that their action in response to the demand of the people for justice is “unfounded” and a mere cover up to justify their anti-peace and anti-people atrocities in attacking their members, who were sleeping when the attack took place.

Two Kapatiran members died, while three others were injured during the attack on the resettlement site provided to them by the government in Sitio Mambinay, Brgy. Locotan, Kabankalan City.

Labrador said nine of their members were staying in the area to protect the properties and equipment of the government,who are constructing a day care center, school building and other related infrastructure projects intended for them.

He added that the Kapatiran members scattered in three groups, three of them staying in the school building, while the two other groups were staying in their safehouses where their firearms scheduled for turnover to the government are being kept.

Based on the accounts of survivors who fought back, Labrador said there were about 40 NPA rebels who attacked them, with some positioned inside the school premises

He also believes that some of the NPA attackers were also injured as indicated by the scattered bloodstains and bandages discovered at their withdrawal areas.

Despite overwhelming number of the NPA attackers, Labrador said that Kapatiran members stood their ground, and made a gallant effort to protect their comrades.

The attack only shows that the CPP-NPA are anti-peace and anti-development, Labrador said,stressing that the place they raided is a settlement for the families and members of Kapatiran who believe that the continued armed struggle is no longer viable.

He also said that the allegation of land grabbing against them has no basis and is unfounded, as well as so many other accusations.

It only shows their (CPP-NPA) barbaric and merciless nature by acting as prosecutor, judge and executioner, Labrador said.

Police records show that the fleeing NPA rebels carted away an M-60 machine gun, two M-16 rifles, an M11 rifle, a .30 caliber Browning Automatic Rifle, a KG9 pistol, .45 caliber pistol and an M-203 grenade rifle.*

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