6 soldiers killed in clash with NPA rebels in Eastern Samar

Robie de Guzman   •   November 12, 2019   •   341

MANILA, Philippines – Six soldiers were killed and at least 20 others were injured in a clash between the government troops and members of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Borongan City, Eastern Samar on Monday.

Initial police report indicated that three platoons of the 14th Infantry Battalion encountered around 50 NPA members at Sitio Bangon in Barangay Pinana-an at around 5 p.m.

The firefight lasted for about 30 minutes.

The report also stated that six improvised explosive devices simultaneously went off before the encounter.

The names of the soldiers killed and wounded in the battle have been withheld as their families are not yet informed of the incident.

One rebel, who is yet to be identified, was said to have been killed while an undetermined number was wounded in the gunfight, authorities said.

1 cop killed, 5 others injured in Eastern Samar ambush

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 13, 2019

One cop was killed and five others were injured in an ambush on Friday afternoon (December 13) in Eastern Samar by suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA).

A large explosion followed by a relatively large fire was reported around 3:00 p.m. at Barangay Libutan, in Borongan City, Eastern Samar.

Authorities said the seven personnel were on board a Hi-lux patrol car en route to Eastern Samar Provincial Police Office (ESPPO) Headquarters when a suspected IED exploded.

One member of the Eastern Samar’s 1st Police Mobile Force Company was killed, injuring five other policemen.

Ten civilians were also affected by the explosion.

Authorities have yet to report further details on the incident.—AAC

PNP to tighten security ahead of CPP anniversary on Dec. 26

Maris Federez   •   December 5, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) is ready for any threats and attacks that may be staged by the New Peoples Army (NPA) prior to the anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CCP) on December 26.

PNP spokesperson PBGen. Bernard Banac said the threats by the rebel group against high-ranking government officials are not new to them.

Banac was referring to what Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) deputy chief of staff for Civil-Military Operation MGen. Antonio Parlade, Jr. said on Wednesday (Nov. 4) that DILG Sec. Eduardo Año, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, and National Commission on Indigenous People Chairman Allen Capuyan are now on the NPA hitlist.

“Sa nagdaang panahon ay ganito rin naman ang mga banta sa seguridad na tinatanggap ng ating mga pinuno kaya hindi naman tayo nagpapabaya sa ating seguridad lalo na yung mga security detail natin,” Banac said.

Banac added that, this early, they are already tightening the security in the soft target areas such as police stations and vital installation facilities in the country.

“Palagi tayong  nananatiling alerto at mapagmatyag sa anumang maaaring criminal activities na gagawin ng kanilang mga kasapi. At wala naman tayong dapat ikabahala dahil ang lahat ng mga tumatayo sa batas ay nasa panig ng batas at ang lahat ng lalabag dito ay mapapanagot din natin sa batas,” Banac said further.

Banac also underscored that the PNP and the AFP are exerting all efforts in implementing Executive Order (EO) No. 70 that aims at curbing the local communist armed conflict in the country. (from the report of Lea Ylagan) /mbmf

High-ranking NPA leader killed in clash with military in Compostela Valley

Robie de Guzman   •   November 28, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – A high-ranking leader of the New People’s Army (NPA) was killed in a clash with government troops in Compostela Valley on Wednesday, the military said.

The NPA official, identified as Marjun Taba or “Hiker,” was killed in a brief firefight with forces from the 10th Infantry Division and personnel from the Philippine National Police Laak.

The military said Taba resisted arrest when government troops served him six warrants of arrests in his safe house in Barangay Kapatagan.

Taba earlier “refused negotiations” with local government units and government troops for his peaceful surrender, the military said.

“Notwithstanding the local government, our units on the ground, and his family’s efforts for him and his NPA cohorts to surrender, they continued to be with the terrorist group and continuously terrorize communities in the boundaries of Compostela Valley, Agusan del Sur, and Davao del Norte,” Lt. General Felimon Santos Jr., Commander of Eastern Mindanao Command was quoted as saying in a statement.

“We are offering them to peacefully surrender, if they refuse and continue with their violent means, we will employ all legal means to run after them. They can never run away from the long arm of the law, more so with the strong resolve of the government to end the armed conflict,” he added.

Taba was the deputy secretary of the CPP-NPA’s Sub-regional Committee 4, Southern Mindanao Regional Committee. He faced arrest warrants for murder, attempted murder, rebellion, serious illegal detention, double murder, and double frustrated murder.

Military recovered from the encounter site Taba’s caliber .45 pistol, and two International Humanitarian Law banned anti-personnel land mine.

The report comes after the arrest of another top NPA leader Jaime Padilla while seeking a medical treatment in a hospital in San Juan City.

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