The New People's Army Apolinario “Boy” Gatmaitan Command laughed off of the claims of the military that its armed strength in Negros has dwindled to about 200 this year.
Amos Siera of the Apolinario Gatmaitan Command Media Liaison Bureau, said in a statement that if the revolutionary forces had been reduced to a mere 200, how come that 10 Army battalions are still conducting combat operations against them in the island?
Because of this, Siera said, the island of Negros is among the priority areas for the implementation of “Oplan Bayanihan” campaign.
Military records show that the number of NPA rebels in Negros has dropped tremendously from about 2,000 fighters in the late 1980s, to about 200 this year.
The 302nd Infantry Brigade, that spearheads the security operations in Negros Oriental, reported that about 27 armed NPA red fighters are still operating in the southeastern portion of the province, while 24 have surrendered to them since last year.
Siera also belittled the seven security peace programs of Col. Jon Aying, 303 rd Infantry Brigade commander, that aims to destroy the revolutionary movement in Negros island, and also criticized the AFP “Brigade Hour” program, for being a “cheap propaganda instrument” against the revolutionary movement. * GPB