The NPAs northern Negros Command, the Roselyn Pelle Command, through its spokesperson, fully debunked the claims of two alleged former NPAs and those behind them, operatives of the army’s 303rd Brigade, who were spewed out the lies and falsehood, stated during several press conferences in Bacolod City.
Spokesperson Ka Cecil Estrella, specifically cited the press conference held May 11, in Bacolod and earlier, in which the two alleged witnesses, Erving Benas or Ka Erol and Bonnie Espinosa who identified themselves as former NPAs and who had internal knowledge of the workings of the revolutionary movement in the province, presided over.
But the NPA North Negros spokesperson, pointed out that the two, had only been minimally connected with the guerrilla group, and had, to a large extent, no longer any internal knowledge of what has transpired inside.
Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental - Troops from 79th Infantry Battalion led by 1Lt. Ronnie Sarmiento while conducting combat operations encountered more or less 30 heavily armed NPAs in the hinterlands of Sitio Naupao, Barangay San Pedro, Sta Catalina town at around 04:40pm yesterday. Another soldier was reportedly wounded during the firefight.
As the NPAs withdrew in disarray after a few minutes of firefights, they were again engaged by the nearby troops from 79th IB led by 2Lt. John Tumamao and 2Lt. Christopher Eslava. Firefight was still ongoing as of 06:00 P.M. yesterday.
Negros Oriental - A soldier died in action resulting from the encounter with rebels at about 11:00 A.M. yesterday at the height of the people’s exercise. As reported by 302nd Infantry Brigade in Negros Oriental, one section from the Alpha Company of the Army’s 79th IB led by 1Lt. Alexander Robillos while on combat operation encountered more or less 30 armed men of the NPA’s Southeast Front, Komiteng Rehiyon-Negros at Sitio Bungabong, Brgy Milagrosa, Sta. Catalina town, 22 kilometers away from the town proper.
According to Colonel Francisco M. Patrimonio, Commanding Officer of the Brigade, "The encounter was not an election related incident. The Brigade’s concept of security operations for the election includes complementary combat operation against the local terrorists to prevent them from taking advantage to conduct atrocities against military or civilian targets or vital installations."
Two separate complaints for murder and frustrated murder against several persons in Escalante City and in some Northern Negros towns, have been filed against Mayor Melecio "Beboy" Yap, Civil Security Unit (CSU) officials, former army Major Arthur Tupas, human rights leader-advocate Bernardito "Toto" Patigas, former Escalante City Police Chief who is now connected with the Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office (NOPPO), Supt. Santiago Rapiz, alleged NPA finance collector, Gregorio Tuayon and former policeman Angel Sinadjan.
But the accused denied the allegations of all the alleged accusers and witnesses, in interviews, as part of the effort of ensuring balance in reportage.
In a separate complaint for the alleged murder of Armando Lutrago former CAFGU, accused were Patigas, Gregorio Tuayon, Rapiz and alleged sparrow unit members Joey Llorente, Jay Vargas, and another person "alias" Bob Soler.
The spokesman of the main, principal CPP-NPA’s fighting unit, the Apolinario "Boy" Gatmaitan Command, has once more issued a major statement related to the alleged collection of the permit-to-campaign fees, peace talks and that of the alleged genuine but actually fake statement on election issues recently in Moises Padilla town.
Rebels Burn Mine Facilities
By Arman P. Toga
It was a classic case of hitting two birds with one stone:
First, New People’s Army (NPA) operatives raided on Friday night Philex Mining Corp. facilities in Sitio Omas, Barangay Camindangan, Sipalay City and burned some equipment there.
Second, they rained on and exchanged bullets with responding soldiers for an hour, killing five and wounding two others, and taking away six government firearms on Saturday morning near the mine site.
Human rights advocate Bernardito Patigas of the Northern Negros Human Rights Advocates (NMHRA), has been slapped with another complaint which is another trumped-up charge, brought up against him by the military using an asset, he said.
The spokesperson of the main NPA guerilla army, Amos Serra of the Apolinario "Boy" Gatmaitan Command, issuing its own declaration of International Workers’ Day, May 1, yesterday, has analyzed workers’ conditions and situations, in the process making an analysis and prognosis which will transpire later and saying the workers’ emancipation and consequently that of the Filipino people, is in revolution.
But firstly, the NPAs statement analyzed and retold the history of the commemoration of International Workers Day 127 years ago.
In its analysis, Serra said, the countries of the world are ever-dividing with the G-8 and G-20 countries as well as the US and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), countries organizing to protect their interests as against the countries of Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa-Shanghai Cooperation Organization, or BRIC-ACO while on the other hand, common Economy and Markets in Latin-America and Caribbean Countries, also organized to protect their interests. The United States has also rode on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Asia.
Two of the 11 prominent Moises Padilla town personalities warned by an alleged New People’s Army (NPA) leader/secretary in post-marked registered mails, expressed surprise receiving letters from communist rebels.
Barangay Uno (Poblacion) Kagawad and Bayan Muna party-list campaigner Agustin Grande, who is also supporting the senatorial bid of Teddy Casiño said he doubts about the origin of the letters which were mailed to him and about 10 others in the town.
"I hope the NPA can confirm or deny the letters warning us not to campaign for candidates they do not like. I cannot understand why we were sent the letters, individually at that," Grande told NDB.
Eleven addressees of letters spread out or sent to them allegedly via mail doubted that these came from the New People’s Army (NPA) secretary JB Regalado of Kilusang Larangan Central Negros (KLCN) Kilusang Larangan Negros (KR-N) of Leonardo Panaligan Command dated April 12 and received by them April 18.
The letters contained warning not to support candidates supported by Danding Cojuangco, Peña brothers, (Magdaleno and Bonifacio) Peña; Abello, Montilla, Luvena, Lacson, Garcia, Montelibano families and many others.