Suspected NPA members bomb road construction site

NIGS. About 30 to 50 suspected members of the New People’s Army reportedly bombed a road construction site in the town of Sipalay, damaging a backhoe on Thursday evening March 24. (Photo by Sipalay police)

Suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) shelled a road construction site in Barangay Camindangan, Sipalay town, Negros Occidental on the night of Thursday, March 24.

The explosion damaged the backhoe belonging to the Jaime B. company, said Sipalay town police station chief Maj. James Latayon.

Latayon said they have yet to determine the amount of damages.

Guards at the construction site in Sitio Cagay told police that around 30 to 50 armed men, dressed in civilian clothes and carrying cartridge belts, arrived and ordered them to leave.

They heard a loud explosion about an hour later and when they checked they found the backhoe was already damaged, Latayon said.

He said the suspects, who immediately fled after committing the atrocity, used an improvised explosive device.

Apart from the NPAs, Latayon also said it’s possible a different group was also behind the incident.

The bombing in the town took place almost a month after suspected NPA members also burned two heavy pieces of equipment in the town of Kabankalan.

Meanwhile, the former underground movement also called “Ugmo” of the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) in Hinigaran withdrew its support and publicly condemned the NPA’s human rights abuses during the local peace engagement. (LPE) and sentencing rally held at Covered Court. at Barangay Pilar in the city on Wednesday March 23.

The Municipal Task Force Hinigaran-National Task Force to End the Local Communist Armed Conflict (Elcac) with the 62nd Infantry Battalion (Unifier), 32nd Civilian Military Operations Company, 3rd Civilian Military Operations Battalion , local police and the 2nd Provincial Mobile Negros Occidental Force Company facilitated the activity.

It aimed to expose the 53 years of brutal murders, extortion, recruitment of minors, sowing chaos and destruction of civilian property by the NPA which involved the four organizations of the Pilar Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Federation Inc. (Parfbi) .

These organizations were formerly attached to a group of peasants known as Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), one of the legal front organizations of the NPA and victim of deception and source of CTG for their financial, material and other support logistics, according to military records. .

The activity was underlined by a symbolic burning of the NPA flag to show that these peasant organizations no longer agreed with the misdeeds of this group.

Jocelyn Noble, president of Parbfi, said she was grateful to the Philippine military, police, local government unit and other agencies, as she emphasized that they no longer wanted to be victimized by the NPA.

“We know and realize the importance of being on the side of government, especially now that we are already feeling and benefiting from government programs,” Noble said, adding that “we don’t want to repeat what happened to my family who been ruined by these communists”. terrorists who killed my father for refusing to join their group.

Alice F. Ponder