The New People’s Army-Surigao del Sur (NPA-SDS) mounted a successful ambush against the 3rd Special Forces Battalion at Km. 14, Barangay Diatagon, Lianga, Surigao del Sur on October 31. Three soldiers were wounded in the offensive. NPA-SDS spokesperson Ka Sandara Sidlakan reported that Red fighters were able to seize three M16 rifles, and vests with ammunition.
On October 28, the NPA-SDS arrested 26th IB trooper PFC Raymond T. Tajonera and another military asset identified only as Quiñonez in San Miguel town. Based on initial reports, Tajonera is a team leader of a CAFGU Active Auxiliary (CAA) unit which serves as a mercenary force of a mining company owned by a warlord named Jasmine Acevedo. The unit was deployed in the area to secure the 26th IB’s commander share of profit from the mining operation.
Camarines Sur. The-West Camarines Sur (Norben Gruta Command) reported on October 22 its ambush against attacking 9th IB troopers in Barangay Tible, Lupi, Camarines Sur. The NPA were able to seize two firearms and 15 backpacks filled with various military matériel.
Capiz. The NPA-Central Panay blasted operating 12th IB troopers in Barangay Nayawan, Tapaz, Capiz on October 22, at around 4 p.m. One soldier was killed and four others were wounded. The said unit is notorious for spreading terror in the towns of Capiz and Iloilo under the guise of Retooled Community Support Program operations.
Negros Occidental. The NPA-Negros conducted two successive tactical offensives against operating troopers of the 62nd IB in Barangay Sandayao, Guilhulngan City on November 4. Red fighters first ambushed the soldiers at Sitio Inangaw at around 3 p.m., followed by an attack at Sitio Matal-e at 7 p.m. Two soldiers were killed and many others were wounded.
In retaliation, soldiers murdered farmer Reo Jacaba, a resident of the adjacent Barangay Macagahay in Moises Padilla whom they have presented as a member of the NPA.