The New People’s Army (NPA) in Negros accused the Philippine Army 303rd Infantry Brigade (303IB) of violating the ceasefire implemented in order to concentrate efforts to fighting the coronavirus disease, or Covid-19. NPA-Leonardo Panaligan Command spokesperson Ka JB Regalado claimed the 94th Infantry Battalion forced residents of Guihulngan City’s Barangay Luz to surrender as NPA supporters.
He also said the 303IB is still actively conducting combat operations in Moises Padilla, particularly in the town’s Barangay Quintin Remo.
The NPA spokesperson called the 303IB “traitors” and criticized them for not following the unilateral ceasefire ordered by their commander-in-chief.
Meanwhile, in response to the declaration of the enhanced community quarantine across Negros Occidental, Regalado expressed support to the move but said social services must continue and should be given for free.
The insurgency official said, “It is the right of the people to receive free food and free medical attention, especially in [these] dire times.”
He added, despite what they accuse the 303IB of doing, they will adhere to the ceasefire order until 11:59 p.m. on April 15./WDJ