NPA raids Basey CAFGU
detachment; at least 10 HPRs taken
By Arnulfo Ortiz Command, New People's
September 4, 2009
The Arnulfo Ortiz
Command of the New People's Army in
Western Samar today acknowledged that its Red fighters successfully raided
a military detachment in Brgy. Cancaiyas, Basey last August 30. "The
NPA raided the detachment of the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical
Unit at around
4:00 a.m. and controlled it after a short battle," said Ka
AOC spokesperson. "Initial reports indicate that the NPA were
able to confiscate at least 10 high-powered rifles: four M16 rifles,
four M14 rifles and two carbines. A radio transceiver was also seized.
We are still awaiting the official report because the number of
weapons taken could be higher."
The AOC spokesperson
also dismissed the military's allegations of heavy NPA casualties as
sour-graping to cover up their embarrassing defeat. "The Red fighters
were able to withdraw safely without any casualties. As per media
reports, there were two CAFGUs wounded in action, Civilian Armed
Auxiliary (CAA) Mario Q. Sabido and CAA Enerasis F. Guevara.
Meanwhile, the other CAFGUs abandoned their posts and fled for their
lives when the battle commenced."
Ka Vicente Magbuhat
hailed the NPA's victory in Basey as the latest in a string of
guerrilla offensives to crush the Arroyo government's Oplan Bantay
Laya. "Many NPA offensives are subject to news blackout by the 8th
Infantry Division because these expose the sham of government victory
by 2010. For example, harassment operations by the NPA killed a
soldier in Brgy. Nawe, Paranas last March 16, and another soldier in
Brgy. Calundan, San Jorge on March 25. Two sniping operations last May
23 in Brgy. Bay-ang, San Jorge also killed five soldiers, two of whom
were identified as Pfc. Malinao and Pfc. Aleman. There were no NPA
casualties in any of these offensive operations."
The spokesperson of
the Arnulfo Ortiz Command also called on the soldiers, police and
paramilitary to surrender immediately when under attack by the NPA
rather than sacrifice their lives needlessly. "It is not worth it to
die for a corrupt president like Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Moreover,
the NPA always gives government forces a chance to surrender, and
treats captured or wounded enemy personnel leniently in accordance
with international humanitarian law. The people and the NPA are united
in defeating Oplan Bantay Laya and in ousting the greedy, brutal and
puppet Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. The soldiers should consider their
options rather than allow themselves to be cannon fodder for Arroyo
and her equally corrupt generals."
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