The following is from the website of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines:
1st PBC-NPA punishes ‘combat-heavy’ 1003rd Brigade-10th ID-AFP troops in Paquibato, Davao City
The 1st Pulang Bagani Company-New People’s Army launched a series of attritive actions against operating troops of the 1003rd Brigade-10th Infantry Division-Armed Forces of the Philippines in Paquibato District, Davao City. These NPA harassment operations are punitive actions for the destruction and grave abuse of authority the enemy has inflicted on the people’s lives and livelihood.
On 31 August, a demolition team of the 1st PBC-NPA detonated a command-detonated explosive against 69th Infantry Battalion -AFP troops under Lt. Ryan Belis in Sitio (sub-village) Nursery, Malabog. The following day, another 1st PBC-NPA demolition team harassed a column of the 1003rd Brigade-AFP composed of 60th Infantry Battalion – AFP troops and Bahani Long Range Platoon-Alamara members in Sitio Quiambao, Lower Mapula.
Initial reports reveal that the fascist troops sustained several casualties. Right after the 1 September harassment operation, two enemy helicopter gunships launched indiscriminate air strikes while another two medevac choppers retrieved the dead and wounded. At around 9 pm, the enemies who were killed-in-action were brought to the Villa Funeral Parlor in Crossing Gamao, Panabo City by two 6×6 AFP trucks.
Paquibato is under intense AFP combat operations for two months now contrary to B/Gen. Eduardo del Rosario’s psywar claims to the public (and to appease Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte) that the 1003rd Brigade-AFP has ceased to be combat-heavy.
On top of the troop imports from Luzon — the 84th Infantry Battalion-AFP and the 69th Infantry Battalion-AFP operating in the Davao City hinterlands, Del Rosario has brought in troops under the 60th Infantry Battalion-AFP in Paquibato along with the vigilante Alamara from the nearby Talaingod, Davao del Norte.
In his desperate bid to resuscitate the failed ‘Alsa’ Lumad strategy in its proxy war, Del Rosario organized, armed and financed anew vigilante Alamara/Bahani Long Range Platoon to pit Lumads against Lumads and settlers in Paquibato and Davao areas, and establish AFP liquidation squads among the ranks of the vigilante Lumad armed groups.
10th Infantry Division-AFP spokesperson Lt. Col. Medel Aguilar’s claim that the people in Paquibato wants AFP presence in the area is an old worn-out psywar tactic meant to sweep under the rug AFP violations to international humanitarian law.
In Paquibato, the AFP has enlisted Lumad minors to AFP paramilitary/vigilante groups, residents as intelligence assets through the so-called Barangay Defense System, and as their convenient shields from NPA attacks. The AFP is engaged in systematic distortion of lumad tradition in exacting justice for the AFP’s counter-revolutionary ends.
Lt. Col. Aguilar’s claim that anxious residents tipped them of the NPA presence in Paquibato areas is absurd. The public could easily discern the fake claims of Lt. Col. Aguilar. For one, the fascist AFP troops are deaf and blind when they are in guerilla territories, and do not know when and where they would be hit with tactical offensives launched by the people’s army. Since July, the 1st PBC-NPA has successfully launched at least seven tactical offensives versus the abusive AFP troops in Paquibato, Davao City.
But it is enough to say that Lt. Col. Aguilar cannot give any plausible reason how a vastly outnumbered guerilla force can outlast and inflict damage to a heavily-numbered and superior AFP force yet much hated enemy of the people.
1st Pulang Bagani Company
Merardo Arce Command
NPA Southern Mindanao Regional Operations Command