By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
The New People’s Army (NPA) Apolinario Gatmaitan Regional Operational Command released a press statement over the weekend, claiming a total of 17 armed attacks in January of this year, calling the July ambush of police officers in Guihulngan City “long overdue.”
“This tactical offensive was long overdue in the face of the revolutionary masses’ clamor to punish the fascist PNP (Philippine National Police) unit in Guihulngan who, for years, have been committing extrajudicial killings against ordinary civilians, aside from protecting drug lords and criminal gangs while being guns-for-hire themselves,” stated command spokesperson Ka Juanito Magbanua.
The release also claimed victory through the implementation of “punitive measures” against land-grabbers, the Philippine Army 303rd Infantry Brigade (303 IB), along with celebrating the deaths of two members of the 62 IB on June 22 in Calatrava and four members of the 79 IB on June 30 in Guihulngan City.
“These demonstrate the NPA’s increasing capability,” Magbanua surmised.
He noted, the offensives launched have allowed the rebel group to acquire 10 high-powered rifles, 15 short arms, assorted ammunition, and other military material.
The NPA spokesperson also vowed to “contribute in the national development of the strategic defensive of the people’s war towards a new and higher stage.”/WDJ