13 tactical offensives in 4 provinces


Within two weeks, the New People’s Army launched 13 military actions against operating troops of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in the provinces of Bukidnon, Surigao del Norte, Abra and Negros Oriental. Eight of these were mounted in Bukidnon.

Bukidnon. The NPA simultaneously attacked the military detachments in Kipulot, Barangay Pa­la­capao and Barangay Butong, Que­zon on January 20. The NPA also attacked the camp of the Philippine Army (PA) at Barangay Minungan on January 26.

At midnight in January 27, and in the afternoon of January 29, NPA units attacked PA troops at Butay Simong, Barangay Nam­nam, San Fernando and Buko, Barangay Banlag, Valencia City.

Another NPA unit sniped at soldiers who were stationed at Saluringan, Barangay Canangaan, Cabanglasan on January 30. On the next day, the NPA blasted responding military troopers.

On January 25, the NPA burned down six machineries of Ulticon Builders Incorporated worth ₱9 million. The said company is notorious for giving low wages to workers and abusing farmers.

Twelve soldiers were killed and eight others were wounded in these offensives.

Surigao del Norte. In the morning of January 28, a unit of the NPA-Surigao del Norte attacked the municipal station of the Philippine National Police-Sison in Barangay San Pablo in the said town. After two hours, another NPA unit sniped at a responding unit of the 29th IB in Barangay Tinogpahan.

In the afternoon, the NPA blasted a police mobile who were monitoring the withdrawal of the Red fighters in Barangay San Pablo.

Abra. Red fighters sniped at a unit of the 72nd DRC on January 22 in the boundaries of Tubo, Abra and Besao, Mt. Province. The military sustained two casualties. This was the third tactical offensive of the NPA-Abra (Agustin Begnalen Command) in the month of January.

In retaliation, the AFP dropped 14 bombs in the area on January 24 and 25. These ravaged farms, pasturelands and the forests where the Maeng and Agawa minorities hunt for food.

Negros Oriental. A unit of the NPA-Central Negros ambushed an active element and intelligence agent of the CAFGU Active Auxiliary at Barangay Luz, Guihulngan City on January 28.

13 tactical offensives in 4 provinces