People’s War: New actions on the Philippines

Featured image: Payan Regional Operational Command carried out a successful operation on the 21st of November. Source: Ang Bayan

There has been several new actions since the last time we reported on the People’s War on the Philippines.

The newspaper of the Communist Party of the Philippines, Ang Bayan, reports that at least 18 soldiers were killed and five were wounded in a series of tactical offensives by the New People’s Army (NPA) in Northern and Western Samar last June to August. Among the killed enemy soldiers were five “elite” forces soldiers. The NPA conducted five harassment operations in Northern Samar, and launched five armed offensives in Western Samar. In Southern Leyte, the NPA fought back a raid by the forces of the old Filipino State, and killed two military agents and confiscated two .45 caliber pistols and three cell phones.

On the 21st of November a unit of the NPA is reported to have captured a unit of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in Iloilo. They also denounce that the old State lied about killing two members of the NPA. According to the report the NPA suffered no casualties in the action.

In Sultan Kudarat, a local despot and military agent, Junior Martinez, was disarmed by the NPA on the 13th of November. The NPA confiscated an M16 rifle, a shotgun, two pistols, and hand grenade, and a VHF radio from him. Martinez had been using to the weapons to terrorize the peasants in the area and grabbing their land. He is reported to actively collude with, and receive support from the army of the old State. On the 10th of November, also in Sultan Kudarat, the NPA harassed a detachment of the AFP.

In Quezon, on the 8th of November, the NPA destroyed and burned two trucks of a mining company.

On the 16th of October the NPA carried out sanctions against the construction company Ulticon Builders Incorporated (UBI), by paralyzing two of their projects. The construction company colludes with the AFP in their anti-people counterinsurgency campaign, and among other things makes roads for the big bourgeois compradors to facilitate the operations of foreign mining companies, the expansion of commercial plantations and energy plants.

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