ILOILO City – The New People’s Army Napoleon Tumagtang Command – Larangan Dose admitted to having caused the casualties of the PNP 1st Provincial Mobile Force members yesterday, December 23, around 9:30 in the morning.
In a statement released to the media this afternoon, Ka Ariston Remus said that the military action was in response to the five-day Oplan Galugad by the combined forces of the AFP and PNP that started December 19 in the territories of the people’s revolutionary government.
According to Remus, PNP regional spokesperson Lt. Col. Joem Malong already admitted that their forces, composed of four columns of more than 100 composite members from the 1st Provincial Mobile Force and Regional Mobile Force that came from Janiuay, are conducting the Oplan Galugad.
But the wide mass base support, according to Remus, provided the NPA the upper hand against the offensive attacks of the state forces and turned the situation in their favor that resulted in two harassment actions that resulted in casualties in the PNP.
The first incident happened on December 21 where three casualties were reportedly taken to the hospital by ambulance via Leon route evening of December 22. Yesterday’s incident was a result of a command-detonated explosive that went off in Brgy. Singon, Tubungan.
Remus added that Malong is lying when she said PNP forces have been pulled-out in response to the Suspension of Police Operation (SOPO).
Before the firefight, a column of the state forces was spotted in Brgy. Nagba, Tubungan. Around 6 a.m yesterday, military presence was also reported in Brgy. Ayubo of the same town and as of press time, another column of the Special Action Forces was in Brgy. Cawilihan, Leon. This is clear treachery despite the ceasefire declaration, said Remus.
All units of the NPA according to Remus are ready to implement the order of the Communist Party of the Philippines and its higher command to cease from implementing tactical offensives as a response to the peoples’ celebration of Christmas and New Year. However, the NPA will remain in active defense mode, Remus explained./www.panaytoday.net