“NPA month” marked by the Roselyn Pelle Command through successive military actions
The Roselyn Jean Pelle Command – New People’s Army Northern Negros Guerilla Front (RJPC-NPA) marked “NPA month” this March through successive military actions against the fascist enemy, particularly the 79th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army and its paramilitary elements in the RPA/SCAA and CAFGU.
The NPA was founded on March 29, 1969 and the month of March was declared by the revolutionary masses as “NPA month” to mark the golden anniversary of their beloved people’s army.
The 79th IB has brought great harm to the people of North Negros due to intense militarization in the local city centers and upland areas resulting in the dislocation and forced evacuation of residents. The killings, arrests, mauling, ransacking of homes of civilians and ordinary peasants continue. The RJPC-NPA responded to the people’s call for justice for the victims and their demand to drive out the military and stop intense militarization of their communities.
Here are some details of military actions carried out by the RJPC this “NPA month:”
On March 19, a team of the RJPC-NPA launched a successful harassment operation against the 12th IB CAFGU detachtment in Sityo Pulupangyan, Brgy. Bug-ang, Toboso, around 11:38 in the evening. The military’s local assets in parts of Don Salvador Benedicto, San Carlos, Calatrava and Toboso areas always stay and report in this particular detachment.
On March 21, at Sityo Mayana, Brgy. Bago, Don Salvador Benedicto, around 5:20 in the morning, a team of the RJPC-NPA carried out the decision to disarm a group of RPA/SCAA elements who also serve as local assets of the AFP. The targets of the disarming operation fought it out with the NPA, prompting the RJPC team to defend itself. The operation resulted in the death of Lucio and Domingo Agravante, both members of the RPA/SCAA. The RJPC confiscated 3 calibre .357 revolvers, a calibre .38 revolver, a calibre .45 pistol, bullets and 2 cellphone units.
On the same day, March 21, around 7:20 in the evening, a team of the RJPC-NPA launched another harassment operation in Sityo Fuentes, Brgy. Mabini, Escalante City, against an abusive “Peace and Development Team” (PDT) of the 79th IB which has been conducting combat operations in several other barangays in the same city since last year. Operatives of the RJPC-NPA quickly withdrew from the site safely.
LIES: Col. Benedict Arevalo of the 303rd Brigade, Lt. Col. Emelito Thaddeus Logan of the 79th IB and Maj. Win Love Bag-ao of the 33rd CMO coy lied when they said that an “encounter” ensued because they received reports on the presence of the NPA from the people. The truth is, the military was not prepared to fight and was forced to come up with a so-called “QRT” in the area to cover up their shameful blunder.
MORE LIES: The military lied when they said that there was a surenderee and even wounded NPAs as result of the “encounter.” The military lied when they said that they confiscated medicines and canned goods worth P300,000 from this “encounter.” In the incident in Sityo Fuentes, the NPA held the initiative and there is no truth to the claim that the people’s army was put in the defensive.
To the people of North Negros, let us continue the struggle and be not afraid to stand in defense of our lives and rights. Let us brace for more of the lies, abuses and atrocities of the AFP and the fascist US-Duterte regime under MO 32 or de facto Martial Law. Let us continue to strengthen our revolutionary organizations, launch agrarian revolution to truly improve the people’s livelihood, wage armed struggle and support the New People’s Army.
The RJPC-NPA welcomes the people who wish to join in heightening the armed struggle that will defend the people and respond to the call to bring the people’s war towards the advanced substage of strategic defensive and complete victory!