79th IB-PA Plans to Bomb Northern Negros Natural Park
Roselyn Jean Pelle Command – Northern Negros Guerilla Front of the New People’s Army (RJPC-NPA) condemns 79th IB-PA’s plan to conduct aerial strike at Mandalagan Mountain Range, part of the Northern Negros Natural Park (NNNP), in Barangay Minapasuk Calatrava town. The news came out days after the staged fake encounter on June 22 at the said barangay.
RJPC-NPA is alarmed over residents’ reports that they are forced to evacuate the forested area for the planned aerial bombardment by the fascist 79th IB-PA troops. Just recently, a concerned citizen sent an e-mail to RJPC-NPA that 79th IB-PA is targeting Sitios Tinibiangan, Ekogan, Nabaisan, Calanugan, Victory and Yamingon all under the said barangay.
Since May 26, 2022 up to this writing, enemy troops, together with surrenderees and traitors, like Ka Joross and Ka Deso/Omalie/Jobert, have conducted military operations in the forested area of Barangay Minapasuk, aiming to have an armed engagement with the elements of RJPC-NPA. Since then, incidents of grave threat and intimidation, psychological warfare, physical assault, theft, and repeated interrogation perpetrated by 79th IB-PA against civilians have been reported
The masses are more terrorized with the news of bombing, fearing for loss of lives and livelihood. The elderly are wearisome of their future, recalling their sorry state during 1990’s Oplan Thuderbolt aerial bombing in the same area. Displacement of households is an additional burden in these times of economic crises due to pandemic, inflation and calamities.
Mandalagan Mountain Range is part of the NNNP, the largest protected area in the Northern Negros. Wild boars and deer are among the resident animals of the mountain range. Mountaineering groups and residents held mobilizations to oppose the New Victorias-Silay Road that would destroy the natural park. Air strike will surely displace wild animals and destroy the environment.
RJPC-NPA is appealing to the elected officials of the local government units of Barangay Minapasuk and Calatrava town to take proper action on the said bombing plan which will greatly affect the lives and livelihood of the masses, as well as, the natural resources.
RJPC-NPA calls on all environment-loving individual, backpackers and hiking groups, the Department of Natural Resource to condemn the planned bombing and take actions to defend Northern Negros Natural Park and the environment.
RJPC-NPA challenges the Commission on Human Rights and other rights group to conduct independent investigations on the human rights violations and the possible implications of air strike.