NPA insists to
inflict chaos over COVID-19 pandemic in Nothern Samar
DPAO, 8ID PA
April 12, 2020
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – The troops of the 20th Infantry Battalion of the 8th
Infantry Division, Philippine Army, while conducting community
protection patrol in response to a report from concerned civilians
on the presence of armed group, were fired upon by about ten (10)
Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) at the vicinity of Brgy Diit de
Turag, Silvino Lubos, Northern Samar at 9:45 in the morning, today,
April 11, 2020.
The 5-minute firefight
urged the CNTs to retreat and took the north direction of Brgy.
Ynaguingayan, Pambujan, same province. The troops seized one Huawei
touch screen cellphone, one backpack, fourteen live ammunition of
M16 rifle, one live ammunition of M14 rifle, and subversive
documents. There is no reported casualty in the government side
while it is still undetermined on the enemies’ side.
It can be recalled that on
April 6, 2020 four improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were
recovered in the vicinity of Brgy. Hubasan, Calbiga, Samar with the
CNTs' intent to victimize frontliners conducting COVID-19 prevention
In the morning of April 7,
2020, about 30 CNTs swooped down on Sitio Bangon, Barangay
Guinmayohan, Balangiga, Eastern Samar and took the relief goods
intended for the locals.
While in the afternoon of
same day, more or less fifteen (15) CNTs harassed and forcibly took
foodstuffs from the populace of Brgy. Lakandula, Las Navas, Northern
Samar resulting to an encounter where one soldier was wounded.
It is worth mentioning
that on March 19, 2020, President Rodrigo R. Duterte declared a
unilateral ceasefire with the CPP-NPA-NDF as the Communist Party of
the Philippines ordered its armed regulars on March 26, 2020 to
observe a ceasefire with the government.
These willful series of
attacks by the terrorists are violative of the unilateral ceasefire
between the state and the CPP-NPA.
The terrorists are
purposely casting the sufferings of the residents caused by the
COVID-19 pandemic by orchestrating attacks that induce fear to the
Colonel Zosimo A. Oliveros,
Commander, 803rd Infantry (Peacemaker) Brigade, in his message said
that “The violence concerted by the CNTs are causing tremendous
effect to the community while the peace arms of the government are
focused in alleviating the crisis brought by the corona virus. Your
army, however, assures the public that we will, at all times, defend
the citizenry and will remain steadfast to grapple against the
terroristic acts of our enemies”.
“We convey our utmost
gratitude to the concerned citizens for providing us information of
the whereabouts of our enemies and we plea that you will continue to
work with us to prevent the enemies from causing harm to the whole
populace”, Oliveros added.