12 armed actions in 3 regions
Units of the New People’s Army (NPA) reported mounting 12 armed actions in Eastern Visyas, Northeast Mindanao and Ilocos-Cordillera regions.
The NPA-Northern Samar (Rodante Urtal Command) ambushed combined police and militay forces last April 3 in Barangay San Miguel, Las Navas. Two were killed while five others were wounded on the enemy side.
Earlier, an NPA unit used a command-detonated explosive against operating military troops in Barangay MacArthur, Las Navas last March 25. Three soldiers were killed.
This came after the NPA’s attack against the 20th IB in Barangay Nagoocan, Catubig last March 22. One was wounded in the armed action. Meanwhile, the NPA mounted back-to-back harassment operations last March 4-5 in Barangay Trangue, Catarman and the 43rd IB’s camp in Barangay Santander, Bobon. One was killed while another was wounded.
The NPA-Central Negros meted punishment on CAFGU element Jeger Flores in the 62nd IB’s Barangay Sandayao Patrol Base in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental last April 10. Flores was involved in the murder of Arnold Suerte, a farmer, last January.
In Surigao del Norte, the NPA ambushed combined forces of the 30th IB and the PNP in Barangay Binukaran, Malimono in the afternoon of March 26 in Barangay Binukaran, Malimono. Two were reportedly wounded on the soldiers and police ranks.
Last April 6, two CAFGU elements under the 30th IB were wounded in an NPA ambush at Sitio Tumay-as, Barangay Ferlda, Alegria in the same province. The following day, Red fighters accosted two active assets of the 30th IB in Barangay Maya, Sison.
The NPA unit seized military paraphernalia including backpacks, combat boots, cellphones, a GPS tracker and a pistol.
Red fighters of the NPA-Agusan del Norte ambushed the 40-man unit of the 29th IB operating in Palo 12, Barangay Poblacion 2, Santiago last April 14. Two soldiers were killed.
Meanwhile, three soldiers were wounded in a harassment operation last February 4 by the NPA-Kalinga in a CAFGU detachment in Barangay Mabaca, Balbalan, Kalinga province. In a counter-raid operation by the NPA, four soldiers of the 24th IB were killed in Barangay Anayan, Tineg Abra last March 23.