Ka Juanito Magbanua, spokesperson of the Apolinario Gatmaitan Command of NPA-Negros, claimed Friday that the 16 military actions carried out by the New People's Army in Negros Island, including the ambush of policemen in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental, in the past six months, “demonstrate the NPA's increasing capability in launching armed struggle”.
In a statement dated Aug. 18, Magbanua also said they recovered 10 high-powered firearms, 15 short firearms, assorted ammunition and war materials.
He added that the NPA also successfully implemented punitive measures against 14 land-grabbers, criminal elements, and intelligence assets of the 303rd Brigade.
Magbanua also said that their tactical offensive in Guihulngan City was long overdue in the face of the clamor of the revolutionary masses to punish the PNP unit he accused of committing extra-judicial killings against civilians, among others.
In all the offensive and defensive actions, they suffered only one slightly injured Red fighter, he also said.
He also reported that in the last six months, the NPA Regional Operational Command also conducted two politico-military trainings, aimed at improving the fighting skill, political capability, and combat discipline of its commanders and Red fighters, with 94 graduates.
Eighty percent of the trainees are aged 18 to 30, he added.
These trainings provide added impetus for Red commanders and fighters to better implement the Party's three-year program aimed at, among others, building more and bigger NPA formations at all levels, intensifying armed tactical offensives to seize arms and other military equipment, mainly from the AFP/PNP, and waging an extensive and intensive guerrilla warfare, the statement of Magbanua added.*GPB
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