NPA mounts 23 offensives in 2 months

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The New People’s Army (BHB) mounted a series of armed actions in Bicol, Samar and Northeastern Mindanao from December 2021 until the first week of February.

On February 1, the NPA-Catanduanes (Nerissa San Juan Command) ambushed an operating police unit at Sitio Tucao, Barangay J.M. Alberto, San Miguel. Three pistols and other military equipment were seized during the operation. Team leader Police Sr. MSgt. Johnny Tiston was killed in the ambush.

Three were killed and five were wounded in an ambush by the NPA-Masbate (Jose Rapsing Command) against AFP troops operating in Barangay Recodo, Cawayan on January 28. On January 23, two soldiers were wounded in an ambush by the NPA-East Camarines Sur (Tomas Pilapil Command) against a unit of the 83rd IB in Barangay Pinamihagan, Lagonoy.

Eight other offensives were mounted by the NPA in Pilar in Sorsogon, Esperanza in Masbate, and Daraga, Camalig and Legazpi City in Albay in December 2021.

In Agusan Del Norte, a soldier was wounded in a sniping operation mounted by the NPA against a detachment of the 65th IB in P-5, Barangay Tagungabangan, Remedios T. Romualdez on February 1. Another soldier was wounded in an NPA ambush against a unit of the 29th IB on January 25 at Sitio Maranahao, Barangay Puting Bato, Cabadbaran City. On January 15, the NPA-Agusan del Sur ambushed a CAFGU element in Barangay San Isidro, Sibagat.

In December 2021, units of the NPA-Agusan del Norte mounted five harassment operations against AFP elements operating in Barangay Puting Bato, Cabadbaran City. This was after the deployment of 29th IB and 65th IB soldiers aboard 23 vehicles in the barangay, from December 12 to December 23, 2021. A soldier was killed during one of the offensives.

In Northern Samar, three 20th IB and police elements were killed, and another was wounded during an NPA offensive in Barangay San Isidro, Las Navas on January 4. In Western Samar, two 46th IB elements were killed and another was wounded in an NPA offensive at Sitio Guinpondoan, Basey on January 12. The NPA also conducted harassment operations in Barangay Pelaon, Pinabacdao, Western Samar on January 25. Three 46th IB and CAFGU elements were killed.

Meanwhile, the people’s army meted revolutionary justice against Police Staff Sergeant Jorel D. Pajac in Barangay Calingnan, Catubig, Northern Samar on January 10. Pajac was a police intelligence officer involved in the establishment of intelligence networks in the barrios of Catubig and Las Navas.

NPA mounts 23 offensives in 2 months