NPA: Sol­dier killed in Hi­noba-an at­tack

Sun Star Bacolod - - Top Stories - BY GLAZYL Y. MASCULINO

THE Ar­mando Su­mayang Jr. Com­mand (ASJC) of the New Peo­ple’s Army (NPA) South­west Ne­gros Guer­rilla Front al­leged that a mem­ber of the Philip­pine Army was killed in an at­tack at an army de­tach­ment pa­trol base in Hi­noba-an, Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal last week.

But Colonel Bene­dict Arevalo, com­mand­ing of­fi­cer of the 303rd In­fantry Brigade based in Mur­cia town, de­nied the al­le­ga­tion, claim­ing there was no fa­tal­ity on the gov­ern­ment side dur­ing the at­tack.

Arevalo said Staff Sergeant Ricky Ig­na­cio of the 12th In­fantry Bat­tal­ion (IB), Echo Com­pany was only wounded.

The rebels ha­rassed the new Civil­ian Armed Forces Ge­o­graph­i­cal Unit (Cafgu) de­tach­ment be­ing con­structed at Si­tio Bug­tong Ka­hoy in Barangay Asia on Novem­ber 27.

Mean­while, the rebel group, in a press state­ment dated De­cem­ber 1, said their ac­tion was in re­sponse to

the peo­ple’s ve­he­ment de­mand for the end of mil­i­ta­riza­tion in the coun­try­side and an answer to the “all-out war” dec­la­ra­tion of the Armed Forces of the Philip­pines’ (AFP) in Ne­gros.

The group also al­leged that the 15th IB troops oc­cu­pied schools, barangay halls, and pub­lic mar­kets and trans­formed houses of lo­cals into their de­tach­ment.

Res­i­dents were made to wear army uni­forms and were forced to guide com­bat op­er­a­tions, they said.

The group said the mil­i­tary also al­legedly threat­ened peo­ple with their firearms and take pic­tures of peo­ple they sus­pect as NPA.

These mea­sures do not only sow ter­ror, vi­o­late hu­man rights, and de­prive res­i­dents in south­ern Ne­gros of their civil lib­er­ties, they added.

But for Arevalo, the rebels at­tacked the de­tach­ment be­cause it will def­i­nitely af­fect their move­ments in the area.*

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