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NPA raids Basey CAFGU detachment; at least 10 HPRs taken

Press Release
By Arnulfo Ortiz Command, New People's Army-Western
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 Vicente Magbuhat, 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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