The National Democratic Front in Northcentral Mindanao Region today denounced the AFP’s bombing of an NPA temporary encampment in Barangay in Barangay Kamanikan, Gingoog City near Gingoog City last May 10.
It belied earlier reports of a gunfight between the AFP and NPA.
According to the NDF-NCMR, the local NPA unit reported than an FA-50 dropped bombs in the area from 3 a.m. to 9 a.m. The bombing killed 10 Red fighters, including several trained medics.
The team was in the area to undertake preliminary investigation and conduct a medical mission. This was in accordance to the Party’s call for the NPA to provide medical services in farflung barrios.
In a statement issued in June 3, Cesar Renerio, spokesperson of the NDF-NCMR, paid the highest tribute to the 10 Red fighters who rose to the challenge of bringing the most basic medical services to those in need even in the midst of heightened militarization in the region.
He expressed concern for the people in the area who continue to suffer due to restrictions imposed by the military months after the incident. These include checkpoints, curfews and the impractical, unproductive 3-hour work limit.