Setting straight facts about recent NPA encounters in Surigao del Norte and Negros Oriental
We would like to set the facts straight about the recent military action of the New People’s Army in Alegria, Surigao del Norte, and the encounter in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental.
1. In news reports last April 19, the 29th IB claimed that it encountered an NPA unit in Barangay San Pedro, Alegria, Surigao del Norte, and that a civilian was killed by the NPA.
Fact: There was no encounter between NPA and 29th IB in Alegria, Surigao del Norte last April 19. What transpired was an encounter between the 29th IB and the armed goons of town council member Ruel Jalasan.
Fact: The supposed civilian killed Emesto Andojar, 44 years old, a resident of Barangay Baan3, Butuan City was, in fact, a member of the armed group of Jalasan. He died in a shooting incident with soldiers of the 29th IB.
Around 10:30 a.m., an NPA unit successfully destroyed the river quarry equipment owned by local council Ruel Jalasan along the Magtiaco River. The sanction was carried out primarily to punish Jalasan’s quarry operations which have altered the river flow causing floods in nearby communities.
According to the NPA-Surgao del Norte, its unit had already withdrawn to a safe distance when a firefight erupted between the armed goons of Jalasan and members of the 29th IB. According to reports, the firefight lasted around 15 minutes resulting in the killing of Andojar.
Additional information: Jalasan’s goons are being armed Surigao del Norte Governor Lalo Matugas, a despot and warlord. Jalasan has been campaigning around Alegria with his armed goons in violation of NPA policy.
2. Yesterday, the 303rd Infantry Brigade claimed that two unidentified NPA fighters and two high powered firearms (an M4 rifle and KG9) were recovered after an armed encounter in Barangay Sandayao, Guihulngan City.
Fact: No NPA Red fighter was killed, nor did the NPA lose any firearm in the said armed encounter.
Fact: At least 5 members of the 62nd IB and 33rd Division Reconnaisance Company were killed during the armed encounter.
According to the NPA Central Negros Front, it was the combined forces of the AFP which carried out the offensive against the NPA unit, but they were successfully thwarted by the NPA.
We are setting these facts straight so that the people will not be duped by the false information being spread by the AFP in its press releases, in their desperate effort to make it appear that it is winning the war against the NPA.