Friday, February 7, 2020

NPA Negros refutes military claims

From the Sun Star-Bacolod (Feb 7, 2020): NPA Negros refutes military claims (By TERESA D. ELLERA)

THE Apolinario Gatmaitan Command-New People's Army (AGC-NPA) in Negros Island, through its spokesperson Ka Juanito Magbanua, refuted the military claims on the weakening revolutionary movement in Negros.

Magbanua said the statement of the military claiming that the NPA strength is diminishing is "based on false claims and all these were intended to mislead the people."

Magbanua said the 303rd brigade commander is not ignorant of the actual situation of the revolutionary movement in Negros, but the military official wanted to whitewash their own schemes, such as fake surrenderers, massacres, extrajudicial killings, bombings, hamletting, tortures and many other forms of human rights violations.

"It cannot be denied that there are five guerrilla fronts from the northern to southern parts of Negros and one regime after another have unleashed various efforts but instead of decimating [the NPA], it continues to grow in strength and is firmly rooted among the broad masses," Magbanua said in a statement.

Magbanua said P162.5 million should have been allocated for the alleged surrenderers, but he stated that based on information they gathered, many have not received any cash assistance and, if some did, these were in small amounts.

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