The New People’s Army (NPA) mounted successive attacks against soldiers securing the plunderous mining and logging operations of big bourgeois compradors in Mindanao over the past few months. Forty soldiers were killed and at least 34 were wounded during the attacks in Sultan Kudarat and Surigao del Sur.
On September 2, the NPA-Far South Mindanao Region ambushed 37th IB troops aboard a military truck in Barangay Sta. Clara, Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat. Twenty-four soldiers were killed and 28 others were wounded. The troops were on their way to reinforce security forces of the ABU-Gemma Construction Company in Barangay Datu Andong in the same town
A few hours earlier, the NPA paralyzed a backhoe of the said company. The construction firm is undertaking road widening projects in the area to pave way for the largescale logging operations of D.M. Consunji Incorporated in the first district of Sultan Kudarat. On August 17, Red fighters ambushed a unit of the 37th IB in the same barangay. Three soldiers were killed and another was wounded.
In Surigao del Sur, the people’s army launched successive armed actions against operating troopers of the 3rd SFB, 36th IB, 65th IB and 75th IB serving as security forces of plundererous mining operations in the province. Killed during the attacks were 2nd Lt. Danus and 12 other soldiers. Five soldiers were wounded.
The NPA also blasted operating soldiers in Barangay Hinapuyan, Carmen on July 30. Earlier, the NPA also mounted three harassment operations in barangays Libas Sud and Siagao, San Miguel from May 14 to 18.
The NPA launched another ambush and three harassment operations against joint troopers of the 36th IB, 75th IB and 65th IB from August 4 to 8.