The CPDF belied the military's claims that the NPA suffered three dead and one wounded in Abra. According to the Saulo Lumadao Front (NPA-South Central Abra), two troopers of the 52nd Division Reconnaissance Company (52nd DRC) were wounded when the so-called elite fighting unit attempted to attack a temporary NPA encampment in Sitio Nagas-asan, Barangay Ud-udiao in Sallapadan, Abra at around 11 a.m. on February 3.
On the same day, an NPA team under the LCC harassed the 77th IB-CAFGU detachment at Cagalian Gate in Pasil town, Kalinga, wounding two soldiers and a CAFGU element.
The military operations in the area are aimed at suppressing the people's antimining struggles in the province.
Meanwhile, the Jovito Ragay Command of the New People's Army in Samar province reported that nine enemy soldiers and a CAFGU element were killed in successive battles in Calbiga town on January 23 and 25. Comrades successfully thwarted a raid by the 34th IB on an NPA base in Barangay Ginbanga on January 23. Killed in this firefight were two regular soldiers and paramilitary element Luis Gacuma. The comrades were able to retreat without suffering a single casualty.
The NPA launched a counter-offensive by harassing 34th IB soldiers in Barangay Huba-san on January 25 at 10 a.m. A misencounter ensued among the severely demoralized and confused soldiers, resulting in the death of seven troopers. The NPA again was able to retreat unscathed.
Too embarrassed to admit its losses, the military claimed before the media that its lone casualty was a paramilitary element killed in its offensive operations in Calbiga town.