AFP in Rizal Province brazenly violated the ceasefire! NPA-Rizal successfully defended itself against attacking AFP troops!

Arman "Ka Arms" Guerrero
National Democratic Front of the Philippines–Rizal
January 17,  2013

The whole revolutionary movement in the Province of Rizal led by the NDFP-Rizal vehemently condemn the brazen violation by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) of the synchronized declaration of ceasefire between the CPP-NPA-NDFP and the  AFP-PNP-GPH from  December 20, 2012 until January 15, 2013. While the revolutionary movement seriously implemented the ceasefire, the AFP troops disregarded and brazenly violated their own declaration of  Suspension of Offensive Military/Police Operation (SOMO/SOPO). This forced the NPA-Rizal to engage in battle and fought the AFP attacking troops to defend themselves.

The AFP troops temporarily pull out their operating troops from Dec. 20 until Dec 25, 2012 to deceive the people that they are implementing the ceasefire. But midnight of December 25, 2012, they surreptitiously returned to continue their offensive military operation  to disrupt and prevent the celebration of the 44th  founding anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines last December 26, 2012. But they failed. The anniversary celebration was successfully held inside the territory of the People’s Democratic Government in Rizal province attended by more than 200 persons coming from the revolutionary mass base in the countryside and visitors and friends from the urban centers.

The AFP troops were fuming mad when they learned belatedly that the anniversary celebration was successfully held despite their strict guarding.  They scoured the mountain villages of the towns of Montalban, Tanay, Antipolo City, Rizal and the nearby towns of Gen. Nakar, Quezon and San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan. The NPA tried to evade the attacking AFP troops because of the ceasefire. Last January 10, 2013, members of the 16th IB-PA-AFP shot three members of the NPA-Rizal who were visiting their friends in Sta. Inez, Tanay, Rizal. The 3 NPA members did not return fire knowing that ceasefire is still in effect and to avoid civilians being caught in crossfire. However, last January 12, 2013, a platoon of NPA-Rizal members were resting inside the territory of the People’s Democratic Government  in Kinabuan, Tanay, Rizal when they were attacked by a platoon 16th IB-PA-AFP,   the NPA members were forced to return fire and successfully defended themselves against the  onslaught of the government troops. The firefight resulted to four (4) government soldiers killed and three (3) wounded with no casualties from the NPA-Rizal members.

In the name of  OPLAN BAYANIHAN, AFP troops continued their heightened military operations in Rizal Province and nearby towns of Bulacan and Quezon provinces during the duration of the ceasefire between CPP-NPA-NDFP and AFP-PNP-GPH.  The recorded ceasefire violations of the AFP in the province of Rizal are the following:

 1. Since December 21, 2012 , combined elements of 16th IB-PA, 58th IB-PA and 56th IB-PA launched a combat operation and scoured the farming villages in the boundaries of Montalban Rizal and San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan. Until now, two (2) platoons of 56th IB-PA are staying in the neighboring barangays of Paradise 3 and San Isidro, San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan. A platoon of 16th IB-PA troops is staying in Brgy. Macabud, Montalban, Rizal and a platoon of  59th IB-PA troops is staying in Karahome. San Isidro, Montalban, Rizal. For the whole duration of the ceasefire, the AFP troops controlled and encamped in the day-care centers, schools and barangay halls of the said barangays, instilling fear and anxieties among school children and the people. The AFP troops are doing psy-war operations in the said villages and terrorizing civilians whom they suspect as NPA supporters. They are restricting the movements of people passing through the boundaries of Montalban, Rizal and San Jose Del Monte City, Bulacan.

2. Since midnight of December  25,2012 until now, a company of 16th IB-PA troops launched a combat operation and scoured the mountain villages of Barangays Sto. Nino, Tinucan,Mamuyao, Cayabu, Laiban, Sta. Inez and Kinabuan, Tanay. Rizal.  A platoon of 16th IB-PA attacked a platoon of NPA-Rizal members who were resting inside the forested part of Kinabuan, Tanay in the morning of January 12, 2013. They were  repulsed by the NPA-Rizal

3. A platoon of SAF-PNP continuously launched combat operation in Barangay San Jose, Antipolo City since midnight of December 25, 2012 until after the ceasefire ended last January 16, 2013

These violations proved that the AFP and the Aquino government are not sincere in their declaration of ceasefire. For them, the ceasefire declaration only served as camouflage to hide the brutalities of the AFP against the Filipino people. It is therefore right and just that the NPA members remained vigilant and fight the attacking government troops to defend themselves.

Starting today, January 17, 2013, in coordination with proper revolutionary authorities, the  armed troops of NAAC-NPA-Rizal including its partisan units and people’s militia, must seize all opportunities to launch offensives to punish  notorious human rights violators, plunderers of environment and natural resources, companies who does not follow the rules and regulations of the Peoples’ Democratic Government,  despotic landlords,  exploiters and oppressors of the people. Let us frustrate Aquino’s OPLAN BAYANIHAN war of suppression and defeat its objective to destroy the revolutionary movement in the province of Rizal.