At least 14 soldiers and police of the US-Duterte regime were killed and 10 others were wounded in successive tactical offensives mounted by the New People’s Army (NPA) from June 8-16.
In Negros Occidental, 12 elements of the 15th IB were killed in an ambush by the NPA-Southwest Negros (Armando Sumayang Jr. Command) in Barangay Pinggot, Ilog last last July 8.
The 15th IB is notorious for conducting brutal SEMPO operations in Southern Negros. Its soldiers are involved in the spate of killings, harassment and forced surrender of civilians in the area.
Meanwhile, the NPA-South Central Negros disarmed a family of bandits at Sitio Binadlan, Barangay Bi-ao, Binalbagan on July 14. An M16 rifle, shotgun, .45 and .38 calibre pistols, ammunition and handheld radios were seized from the the bandits. The bandits are involved in land grabbing, human rights violations and anti-social activities in the area since 1990.
The NPA-Palawan also mounted successive ambushes in Taytay, Palawan on July 12 and 13. Red fighters fired at a mobile of the Philippine National Police (PNP) along the highway at Sitio Ibangley, Barangay Abongan on July 12. The PNP chief of Dumaranan town and another police were aboard the said vehicle.
On the next day, the people’s army ambushed soldiers of the MBLT 3 who were deployed in the same area to respond to the ambush. A soldier was killed while three others were wounded.
In Sorsogon, the military and police sustained four casualties in a series of harassment operations mounted by the NPA in two days. The casualties were part of military units deployed to conduct “Community Support Program” in five towns of the province.
On July 14, at around 6 p.m., Red fighters fired at operating soldiers of the 91st CMO Company in Barangay Calpi, Bulan. A soldier was killed while another was wounded. In the same evening, the NPA also harassed soldiers operating in the adjacent barangay of Calmayon in Juban.
On July 16, two elements of the PNP 9th Special Action Battalion were wounded in an NPA harassment operation in Barangay Tula-tula Sur, Magallanes.
Earlier, during the first week of July, the PNP-Masbate paralyzed the plunderous operations of Matibay Cement Factory in Barangay Casabangan, Pio V. Corpuz. Red fighters destroyed its mining equipment.
The said cement-manufacturing company will endanger the lives and livelihoods of residents in 11 barangays in the towns of Pio V. Corpuz and Esperanza. Hundreds of hectares of farmlands and residential areas are set to be covered by its lime mining operations in the area. A coal-fired power plant is also set to be constructed in and pollute the area to enable the company to be fully operational.