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NPA claim of killing three soldiers in Comval, proof of communist bloodlust and ploy to deceive people

By DPAO, 10th Infantry Division, PA
April 6, 2010

CAMP APOLINARIO, Panacan, Davao City  –  In yet another ploy to deceive the people, New People’s Army (NPA) terrorists claim that they killed three soldiers in a gunbattle in the village of Malinawon in Mawab town Compostela Valley Province noon of April 4, Sunday.

The 10th Infantry Division pays tribute to the soldier who heeded the call of duty and paid the supreme sacrifice in service to the country, the flag and the people.  Private First Class Bimbo Ulsa of Baler Aurora was killed in action while he and his team were responding to reports of residents regarding armed individuals who were accompanying people doing house to house political campaign in the village. One slightly wounded soldier is currently recuperating at Panacan station hospital.

Improvised explosive devices were recovered by troops which show the communists’ malevolent intent in the use of such explosives which pose danger even to non-combatants.

Consistent with their policy of bloodlust, the Maoist communists were ever happy and rejoiced the death of a soldier and even spread lies and maliciously hiked-up the death toll as they did with the Baganga encounter a week ago when in an arrogantly joyful mood, the Local Terrorist Front-15 (LTF-15) of the NPA claimed that they killed six soldiers.

This time Local Terrorist Front-33 (LTF-33) did the same by spinning make believe stories of victories while they continually hid their casualties from the eyes of the people when in fact they have repeatedly abandoned their comrades in the heat of battles and those who were lucky to be brought by their comrades were buried in shallow graves in the mountains. Such claim is in line with their aim of projecting strength and to sow fear in the locality in furtherance of their systematic extortion activities which include their so called “Permit to Campaign fee.”

The NPAs have suffered considerable losses in terms of lives in the two encounters that happened in Baganga, Davao Oriental and in Mawab Compostella Valley province as revealed by residents in villages were they passed-by but have constantly denied the deaths of their own men in line with their policy of complete denial to the detriment of the families of those who perished.

We express sadness on the death of those NPAs who have been lured into believing a lost cause only to be denied proper burial by their communist bosses hence we call on people who might have knowledge of their burial sites to inform their families and the authorities so that they may be accorded funeral with the dignity of a human being.

It is our prayer that those who perished rest in peace.