Tubo, Abra – A unit of the Agustin Begnalen Command – NPA Abra successfully conducted another tactical offensive against the 72nd DRC PA on January 22, 2021 in the boundaries of Tubo and Besao, Mt. Province. The guerilla fighters sniped the AFP troops at 7:40am that resulted in 2 casualties on the AFP side. On January 24 and 25, at least 14 bombs were dropped by the AFP. The NPA on the other hand had no casualties despite the heavy retaliation of the AFP. This tactical offensive is the third in the last month in Abra, in response to the AFP’s unrelenting military campaign amidst the COVID pandemic crisis and even during the holiday season. The aerial bombings damaged the environment, hunting grounds, pastoral lands, and upland farms of the Maeng and Agawa people in Tubo and Besao.
The series of military actions of the NPA in the Ilocos-Cordillera region is a continuing response to the CPP’s call to make the US-Duterte regime bleed from a thousand cuts; and to punish the butchers and render justice to the Filipino people, especially the national minorities massacred by the AFP-PNP and whose rights have been grossly violated by the fascist regime.
The Agustin Begnalen Command calls on the Abrenios and I-montanyosa to collectively act to end the military operations, and to push the reactionary government to unconditionally divert the billions of counter-insurgency funds for agrarian reform and services for health and education. The Agustin Begnalen Command invites the people, especially the youth, to join the NPA and advance the national democratic revolution.