Opol arson and other lies
The New People’s Army (NPA)-Misamis Oriental clarified that it had no hand in the torching of four houses and a church in Barangay Limonda, Opol on May 28. The arson was reportedly perpetrated by four armed men. It is more likely that this was perpetrated by elements of the 403rd IB who reported that shouts of “Mabuhay ang NPA” were heard after the torching, as they were the only people in the area during the incident.
The NPA-Northeastern Mindanao Region also clarified that Ka Maria Malaya and Ka Joaquin Jacinto, spokespersons of the revolutionary movement, were not killed in a “series of encounter” that took place on May 14-19. The 401st IBde reported on May 28 that the two leaders were killed along with 18 others to increase their bounty. Earlier, Duterte set a P2-million bounty for the capture of NPA commanders.