NPA mounts 4 offensives in Samar
Units of the New People’s Army (NPA) mounted successive armed actions in Samar last August.
In Northern Samar, two elements of the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) were killed in Barangay Happy Valley, San Isidro on August 21. On the same day, a soldier of the 43rd IB was killed during an encounter in Barangay Palanit.
Earlier on August 19, a police operative was killed during an encounter in Barangay Geparayan, Silvino Lobos. On August 17, Red fighters sniped at elements of the 20th IB in Barangay Epaw, Las Navas. A soldier was killed during the said action. The operating military unit also retreated from the area after two days.
The NPA-Western Samar (Arnulfo Ortiz Command) mounted a harassment operation against a 7-man unit of the 63rd IB at Sitio Burabod, Barangay Mabini, Basey, Western Samar on August 7.
In Negros Oriental, two military officers and a CAFGU element were killed in partisan operations mounted by the NPA-Central Negros (Leonardo Panaligan Command). An Ingram pistol and ammunition were confiscated from them. The first operation was mounted in Barangay Trinidad, Guihulngan City on August 18, while the two other military actions were mounted on September 2 and 3 in Barangay Pinukawan, Vallehermoso, and Barangay Nasunggan, La Libertad, respectively.