The New People’s Army expects an increase in the number of human rights violations as well as cases of extra-judicial killings, following the deployment of more Army personnel in Negros Island, the spokesman of the Leonardo Panaligan Command said.
Ka JB Regalado, Regalado made the claims in a statement he issued, after the arrival of 220 additional personnel for the 302nd and 303rd Infantry Brigades infantry units in Negros island.
Regalado cited what he calls“heightened militarization” in the countryside, the Sagay 9 massacre, the killing of human rights lawyer Benjamin Ramos, as well as the simultaneous police operations of the PNP in Guihulngan City and other areas of Negros Oriental, that had claimed the lives of six farmers.
It only indicated that there is no security for the people in the far-flung areas, if there is presence of military personnel, who are supposed to protect them, his statementfurther claimed.
Meanwhile, The Central Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines warned netizens against “troll accounts” on social media purportedly owned by the Communist Party of the Philippines - New People’s Army (CPP-NPA), releasing fake data on casualties of government troopers.
Lt. Gen. Noel Clement, Centcom commander, said a bogus account using the name “Juanito Magbanua” posted on Facebook, claims that the government suffered 27 casualties in Negros Island in January alone.
Clement said the NPA killed more civilians than it has inflicted casualties on the government side. Since 2018 to date, the civilian death toll, perpetrated by the NPA’s SPARU mercenarieshas reached 24”, he added.
He said that the post was a desperate move of the enemy of the state to lure the people into joining their group, that he described in a statement as a “dwindling, money-making armed group.”
Data showed that NPA rebels in Negros suffered losses in January when government troops were able to neutralize six NPA terrorists. Of the six, four were apprehended, one arrested, and another one surrendered, Clement added.
Centcom noted two recorded casualties from the government’s side “when the terrorists blatantly executed one unarmed, off-duty member of the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (Cafgu) in broad daylight, and indiscriminately fired at the army detachment and hurt a soldier.”
“This old trick of luring the people in provide fake data will no longer work anymore. People are now more discerning. Never again could these bands of bandits ever deceive everyone in Negros who have been witnessing our victories,” Clement said.*GPB/PNA
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