NPA gains hundreds of new supporters as 8th ID daydreams of “insurgency-free” region

Karlos Manuel
Efren Martires Command, NPA-Eastern Visayas
Enero 6, 2012

The Efren Martires Command of the New People's Army-Eastern Visayas today called 8th Infantry Division chief Gen. Mario Chan as daydreaming of an “insurgency-free” region while the NPA in fact is gaining hundreds of new supporters despite Oplan Bayanihan's offensive. “Phony press releases do not win a war; it is the people's support that is decisive,” said Ka Ka Karlos Manuel, EMC spokesperson. “In Leyte alone, which the 8th ID proclaimed as “insurgency-free” in December, the NPA organized at least 500 new revolutionary mass activists of peasants, women and youth in three months even as Oplan Bayanihan began its rampage. The NPA was also able to reach more barrios than ever in Leyte. The revolutionary mass organizations of peasants, women and youth constitute the mass base of the people's democratic government. They support the armed struggle and from their ranks the the best sons and daughters of the people are recruited into the NPA.

“The 8th ID may connive with local officials for a semblance of support, but its troops could not sway the people. For example, soldiers even threw a lechon party and held basketball tournaments just to pad attendance to its meetings in some villages in Leyte. Likewise, the Efren Martires Command is confident of defeating Oplan Bayanihan and of gaining strength in Samar, where the revolutionary movement has been deeply rooted among the people far longer than in Leyte. ”

Manuel also accused Gen. Chan of twisting facts to make it appear the NPA is causing a reign of terror in Matuguinao town in Western Samar. “The NPA respects and observes human rights and international humanitarian law in giving the highest concern for civilian lives. The NPA has nothing to do with the suspension of classes in five elementary schools in Matuguinao as well as the harassment of local officials.

“On the other hand, the implementation of Oplan Bayanihan shows the continuing climate of impunity for human rights and international humanitarian law under the Aquino regime. For example, the 8th ID troops routinely base in civilian communities and camp out in civilian buildings such as schools, health centers and barangay centers. It should also be noted the 8th ID will be basing a battalion, the 14th IB, in Matuguinao which is a tiny town of some 5,000 residents. Now, who is the one looking to strike fear in the hearts of the people with overwhelming military presence?”

Meanwhile, the EMC spokesperson also ridiculed Lt. Col. Niceforo Diaz, civil-military operations chief of the 8th ID, for assailing the Dec. 20 NPA offensive in Las Navas, Northern Samar. “The NPA is thankful that Col. Diaz opened his mouth and removed all doubt that he is a fool. Let us state the facts: The Aquino government declared a unilateral ceasefire from Dec. 16 to Jan. 2. This was reciprocated by the NPA which declared a unilateral ceasefire from Dec. 24-26 and Dec. 31 to Jan. 2. But the 34th IB troops were still on military operations on Dec. 20, which is why the NPA was able to ambush them, as the NPA ceasefire had yet to begin. The 34th IB troops were therefore violating the Aquino government's own ceasefire declaration, while the NPA offensive was entirely legitimate, not only because there was no NPA ceasefire yet but also as a punishment of the Aquino government troops who could not keep their own word.”#

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Efren Martires Command
New People's Army-Eastern Visayas

Pahayag ha Mantalaan
Enero 6, 2012

NPA nagtikadamo an bag-o nga tagsuporta samtang nag-iinop an 8th ID
han rehiyon nga “waray insurhensiya”

Ginsering yana han Efren Martires Command han New People's Army-Eastern Visayas nga nag-iinop la an hepe han 8th Infantry Division nga hi Gen. Manuel Chan han rehiyon nga “waray insurhensiya,” samtang ha kamatuoran in nakaunhan an NPA dida ha gatos-gatos nga bag-o nga tagsuporta ha luyo han opensiba han Oplan Bayanihan. “Diri gindadaug an gerra han mga buwa nga pahayag; an suporta han katawhan amo an desisibo,” sering ni Ka Karlos Manuel, tagapagyakan han EMC. “Ha Leyte pa la, nga gintawag han 8th ID nga “waray insurhensiya” hadin Disyembre, ha sakob han tulo ka bulan in nakaorganisa an NPA han porlomenos 500 nga mga bag-o nga rebolusyonaryo nga panmasa nga aktibista nga mga parag-uma, kababayen-an ngan kabatun-unan bisan kun nagtikang na an atake han Oplan Bayanihan. Mas damo na liwat nga baryo an naaabot han NPA ha Leyte. An mga rebolusyonaryo nga panmasa nga organisasyon han mga parag-uma, kababayen-an ngan kabatun-unan amo an baseng masa han demokratiko nga gobyerno han katawhan. Nasuporta hira ha armado nga pakigbisog ngan tikang ha ira ranggo an pinakamaupay nga mga anak nga lalaki ngan babaye han katawhan nga ginrerekluta ha NPA.

“Pwede nga makigkunsabo an 8th ID ha mga lokal nga opisyales agud ipagawas nga mayda ini suporta, pero diri nakukumbinsi han mga sundalo hini an katawhan. Pananglitan, naglitson pa an mga sundalo ngan naglansar han mga basketball tournament agud la mapadamo an natambong ha mga gintatawag hini nga miting ha pira nga baryo ha Leyte. Samtang, sigurado an Efren Martires Command nga mapapakyas an Oplan Bayanihan ngan magkukusog pa an NPA ha Samar, kun diin an rebolusyonaryo nga kagiusan in hilarum nga nakagamot ha katawhan ha mas maiha na nga panahon kontra ha Leyte.”

Gin-akusaran liwat ni Manuel hi Gen. Chan han pagbirikis han kamatuoran agud ipagawas nga gindudurot han NPA an paghahadi han kahadlok ha bungto han Matuguinao ha Western Samar. “Ginrerespeto ngan gin-oobserbar han NPA an tawhanon nga katungod ngan internasyunal nga makatawo nga balaud ha paghatag han pinkahitaas nga pagtagad ha kinabuhi han mga sibilyan. Waray labot an NPA ha pag-undang han mga klase ha lima nga eskwelahan ha elementarya ha Matuguinao ngan ha pagharas ha mga lokal nga opisyales.

“Ha luyo nga bahin, an pagpatuman han Oplan Bayanihan in ginpapakita nga nagpapadayon an klima han kawaray baratunon para ha tawhanon nga katungod ngan internsyunal nga makatawo nga balaud ilarum han rehimen Aquino. Pananglitan, pirme nga nagbabase an mga tropa han 8th ID ha mga sibilyan nga komunidad ngan nagkakampo ha mga sibilyan nga bilding sugad han mga eskwelahan, health center ngan barangay center. Dapat liwat kitaon nga magbabase an 8th ID han usa ka batalyon, an 14th IB, ha Matuguinao nga usa nga guti nga bungto han 5,000 nga molupyo. Hin-o yana an nananarhug ha katawhan pinaagi han pagpakita han dako nga kusog militar?”

Ginsukna liwat han tagapagyakan han EMC hi Lt. Col. Niceforo Diaz, hepe han civil-military operations han 8th ID, tungod han pagkundenar hini ha Dis. 20 nga opensiba han NPA ha Las Navas, Northern Samar. “Nagpapasalamat an NPA nga gin-abrehan ni Col. Diaz an iya baba ngan ginpamatuod nga usa hiya nga buwaon. Klaruhon naton an mga datos: Nagdeklara an gobyerno Aquino han usa-ka-gapil nga ukoy-bubto tikang Dis. 16 kutob Enero 2. Ginbaton ini han NPA han usa-ka-gapil nga ukoy-bubto tika Dis. 24-26 ngan Dis. 31 kutob Enero 2. Pero an mga tropa han 34th IB in aada pa ha operasyon militar han Dis. 20, amo nga naambus hira han NPA, kay waray pa magtikang an ukoy-bubto han NPA. Ginbabayolar kun sugad han mga tropa han 34th IB an kalugaringon nga deklarasyon nga ukoy-bubto han gobyerno Aquino, samtang hul-os nga lehitimo an opensiba han NPA, diri la tungod kay waray pa ukoy-bubto hadto an NPA kundi komo pagsirot han mga tropa han gobyerno Aquino nga diri kaya tindugan an ira kalugaringon nga yakan.”#

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