Maoist way of celebrating Philippine Independence: NPA burns Globe tower

Camp Panacan, Davao City – The NPA rebels burned another Globe communication site in Barangay Macangao, Lupon, Davao Oriental last night at 11:00pm.

The said burning happened when everyone is preparing for the 111th Philippine Independence Day celebration today.

Field report revealed that more than 10 rebels under Guerilla Front 18 of the Southern Mindanao Regional Committee forcibly broke in the fenced tower by cutting the wires of the gate and destroyed the padlock.

“No resistance occurred as there were no security personnel at the time of the incident. The rebels destroyed the tower equipments and eventually burned it using gasoline”, said Second Lieutenant Isis Achanzar, the Public Affairs Officer of the 28th Infantry Battalion (28IB) based in Barangay Poblacion in Lupon.

“Ang kanilang ginawa panahon sa pagdiriwang ng ating kalayaan ay nagpapatunay na hindi nila ito nirerespeto. Pinapakita din nila na hindi sila ayon sa progreso o pagasenso ng Davao Oriental sa pagsira nila sa milyong halaga ng nasabing Globe tower. Ito ay simpleng pagtaboy sa mga investors na nagbibigay ng hanap buhay sa mga tao,” added Achanzar.

Globe Communications was known to be a non-supporter of the revolutionary taxation of the CPP-NPA-NDF.

Meanwhile, Lt Colonel Leo Lazarro Budeng, Commander of the 28IB has directed his troops for a pursuit operation immediately after the reported incident and he has set-up checkpoints at strategic areas to block possible route of withdrawal of the rebels.
Army troops recover firearms, explosives and one NPA dead

Camp Panacan, Davao City – Operating troops from 1001st Infantry Brigade encountered more than 30 NPA rebels under Guerilla Front 2 in Sitio Lantawan, Barangay Napnapan Pantukan, Compostela Valley Province at 2:45pm today.

The troops were able to overrun the harbor site of the NPAs which was laid with anti-personnel (pressurized) mines.

Recovered at the encounter site are one M16 (Colt) and one M14 (Winchester) rifles, one set rigged C4 Improvised Explosive Device (IED), one set rigged Claymore mine IED, detonating cords, blasting caps, one ICOM radio with name “Pulang Bagani Command Alex” and one PNP security tag of APEX mining with pass ID #0001.

The said encounter was the result of the continuous pursuit operations conducted by the unit after the troops overrun an NPA encampment also in Bgy Napnapan last June 2 wherein the troops recover three high-powered firearms.

No reported casualty on the troops while one dead NPA was left by the fleeing rebels.

Meanwhile, local residents reported to the troops that they saw more than 10 NPA members that were wounded while being carried along by their comrades using three “habal-habal”, a commuter motorcycle.

Field report revealed that the same group of rebels was responsible during the raid of APEX mining in Maco town last May 29 wherein they were able to seized five high-powered firearms from the mining guards.

Colonel Romeo Calizo, Commander of 1001st Brigade said, “We will continually track down these lazy bandits and make them responsible for the crimes they have committed to the people. They are nothing but band of criminals who make extortion activities as their way of living.”

The 10th Infantry Division recently encountered the NPAs in Sitio Cabuley, Bgy Kapatagan last June 8 that resulted to the recovery of three high powered rifles, capture of one NPA member and discovery of their encampment.

Major Reynaldo Mapagu said, “The support of the civilians in the area was the key to our success. This simply means that the general public wants peace and progress, not an armed struggle.”

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