Ang Bayan
June 07, 2021

9 NPA offensives in 9 days

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Various units of  the New People’s Army (NPA) mounted nine tactical offensives in the provinces of Davao Oriental, Quezon, Occidental Mindoro, Camarines Sur, Northern Samar at Samar within nine days. Sixteen enemy troopers were killed while 18 others were wounded.

In Davao Oriental, the NPA ambushed a military vehicle traversing the road at Sitio Tagawisan, Badas, Mati City, in the morning of May 30. Witnesses reported that two elements of 66th IB aboard the vehicle were slain. The offensive was launched just a kilometer away from a checkpoint of the PNP Task Force Mati.

In Quezon, the NPA ambushed troops of the 85th IB in Barangay Batbat Sur, Buenavista on June 6. A soldier was killed and two others were wounded.

In Occidental Mindoro, the NPA-Mindoro ambushed joint operatives of the 203rd IBde and police aboard a military vehicle at Sitio Banban, Nicolas, Magsaysay on May 28. The said unit was on its way to a counterinsurgency program in an adjacent barangay, along with several local government officials. Three were reportedly killed and 10 were seriously injured.

The NPA-Mindoro belied accusations by the 203rd IBde that the ambush targeted Gov. Ed Gadiano. It stated that Red fighters ensured the safe passage of vehicles with civilians before carrying out the offensive.

Two successive ambushes were mounted by the NPA-West Camarines Sur against troops of the 9th IB in Barangay Cambalidio, Libmanan in the morning of May 30. Four soldiers were reportedly wounded.

Meanwhile, six soldiers were killed in successive attacks mounted by the NPA-Western Samar (Arnulfo Ortiz Command). Two were killed during simultaneous harassment operations in the barangays of San Nicolas and Can-aponte, San Jose de Buan on May 31. Three Red fighters were wounded and immediately given attention by medics.

Four operating soldiers of the 43rd IB were killed and three others were wounded during an NPA harassment operation along the boundary of the barangays Dawo and Bayo in Oquendo District, Calbayog City on May 24.

On the same day, the NPA-Northern Samar (Rodante Urtal Command) fired at operating troops of the 20th IB in Barangay San Miguel, Las Navas. Four soldiers were killied during the incident.

AB (2021-06-07): 9 NPA offensives in 9 days