1 killed in NPA ambush vs 69th IB in Paquibato

Ka Parago
1st Pulang Bagani Company, Merardo Arce Command, NPA-SMR
September 17, 2011

A commando team of the 1st Pulang Bagani Company-NPA ambushed a Special Operations Team of the 69th Infantry Battallion of the AFP at 9:15 am today Sept.17, at Purok 7, Paradise Embac, Paquibato district, Davao City. One enemy soldier was killed. The NPA’s punitive action was in reaction to the grave human rights abuses and violations to the international humanitarian law committed by the 69th IB-1003rd Brigade-10th ID, the Army unit cowardly hiding under the cloak of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte who has largely tolerated and remained oblivious to the suffering of peasant masses in the course of military encampment of civilian communities in Paquibato district.

The NPA ambush was meant to give justice to the victims of grave intimidation, torture, grave threats, mainly women, schoolchildren, and peasants in Paquibato. It was in retaliation to the 69th IB’s obstinate militarism when it intensified its combat and psychological warfare operations in the wake of the Sept. 12 onsite investigation where the basic masses aired their grievances and demand for a military pull-out to local GPH legislators. Berserk and angry at the peasant masses, the 69th IB soldiers, led by one Lt. Malinaw, stepped up their harassment and psywar campaign in Purok 8, Crossing Ginobatan, Brgy. Paradise Embac and in Brgy. Pandaitan.

Special Operations Teams of the 69th IB-1003rd Bde-10th ID occupied civilian villages in four barangays in Carmen town, 18 barangays in Panabo city in Davao del Norte, in Brgy. Paradise Embac and Brgy. Pandaitan in Paquibato district, in Brgy. Lasang and Brgy. Bunawan in Davao city’s Bunawan District.

The 69th IB is not only desperate in seeking to obscure the atrocious character of its combat and psychological warfare operations masked as “peace and development program” in Davao City and Davao del Norte. Worse, it attempts to hide under the mantle of protection of no less than the Davao City Mayor herself to justify its hated presence.

The 69th IB soldiers forced parents, teachers and the school principal in Paradise Embac to sign an affidavit supporting a feeding program, conveniently disguised as a joint project between the AFP and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte. The 69th IB’s propensity to cajole civilians and civilian authorities is the hallmark of its psywar operations. Its web of lies and distortion of facts to suppress legitimate civilian complaints against its military detachment is mounting; Army officials went as far as outrageously saying that the military structure was 300 meters away from the school and already nine years in place. In truth, said edifice is, in plain view, in close proximity to the school. And by dint of simple twist of facts here and there, the 69th IB-AFP wheedles Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte to be its de facto spokesperson-- who, in sweeping generalization, dismissed the serious complaints of human rights violations.

Last year, 87 youths in Paquibato district did not receive a single cent, nor a certification or an acknowledgment that they were scholars by the GPH's TESDA, despite a declaration by the 10th Infantry Division-AFP who used their names to download said funds. The list of abuses, from forced intimidation to corruption is only the latest in the long list of abuses committed by the 69th IB, whose presence is worse than the rat infestation that earlier plagued Paquibato district. Ironically, the AFP troops mouth off human rights tenets but simply cannot apply what it fundamentally abhors: the basic masses’ freedom to express and resist.#