Red fighters belonging to the 1st Pulang Bagani Company of the New People’s Army recently ambushed soldiers belonging to the 69th infantry battalion (IB) of the 10th infantry division (ID) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). Four were killed and six wounded among the army troops. The 1st PBC-NPA carried out the ambush at 1:30 PM in Barangay Dalagdag, Calinan District, Davao City. It also confiscated a minimi machine gun with a scope.
This recent NPA military offensive against the newly augmented 69th IB and the 10th ID-AFP fascists is a punitive action for the serious violations to human rights and international humanitarian law perpetrated by the AFP against civilians in Davao hinterlands and provinces in Southern Mindanao.
That the 10th ID-AFP troops suffered heavy blows versus the people’s army, despite the increasing number of its soldiers, nakedly shows the failure of the counter-revolutionary Oplan Bantay Laya II. It has utterly failed to stem the tide of the growing revolutionary movement in the face of intensive and extensive NPA tactical offensives in the region and elsewhere in the country.
(Sgd) Ka Parago
1st Pulang Bagani Company
Merardo Arce Command
Southern Mindanao Regional Operations Command
New People’s Army