AFP con­demns NPA for al­legedly at­tack­ing quake-hit Suri­gao

Sun.Star Pampanga - - NATION! -

THE Armed Forces of the Philip­pines (AFP) on Wed­nes­day con­demned the at­tack al­legedly staged by the New Peo­ple’s Army (NPA) against the sol­diers es­cort­ing a non­govern­ment or­ga­ni­za­tion who was then con­duct­ing a re­lief op­er­a­tion in Suri­gao af­ter the 6.7 mag­ni­tude earth­quake.

On Tues­day evening, NPA rebels re­port­edly fired upon the sol­diers of the 30th In­fantry Bat­tal­ion trav­el­ling along barangay Li­n­ungga­man, San Fran­cisco, Suri­gao del Norte with the ABS-CBN foun­da­tion team who dis­trib­uted re­lief goods in the earth­quake-af­fected com­mu­nity.

No ca­su­al­ties were re­ported on the in­ci­dent.

How­ever, NPA Front 16 spokesper­son "Ka Oto" de­nied stag­ing the at­tack, claim­ing that it was the gov­ern­ment troops who fired at them first.

Ma­jor Gen­eral Ben­jamin Madri­gal, com­man­der of the 4th in­fantry di­vi­sion, said the re­cent "harass­ment" of the NPA to the gov­ern­ment troops only shows that the rebel group "can­not be trusted and that they are con­tin­u­ously de­ceiv­ing the count r y."

“Their re­cent dec­la­ra­tion of cease­fire in

that area is noth­ing but lie and de­cep­tion...While we are in the area help­ing our peo­ple to rise up again af­ter they were badly hit by the re­cent earth­quake, the NPA ter­ror­ists are also busy in mak­ing our peo­ple's lives mis­er­able,” he said.

Ear­lier, the NPA de­clared cease­fire in the area in or­der for the AFP and all the gov­ern­ment units and agen­cies to fa­cil­i­tate the Hu­man­i­tar­ian As­sis­tance and Dis­as­ter Re­sponse op­er­a­tions and to re­store nor­malcy of the sit­u­a­tion af­ter the earth­quake shook the en­tire prov­ince. (Third Anne Per­al­taMalonzo/ Sun­Star Philip­pines)

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