NPA ambush to thwart rise of Blackfighters Lumad vigilantes; kills 3 AFP troops, wounds 8 in Baguio district

Simon Santiago, Political Director
NPA Southern Mindanao Regional Command
March 10, 2013

The 2nd Pulang Bagani Company-New People's Army ambushed a joint operation of the 84th Infantry Batallion of the Philippine Army, PNP's Special Action Force and paramilitary Cafgus and Lumad vigilante group Blackfighters March 8 at 4:20 pm in Brgy. Carmen, Baguio district, Davao City. Red fighters punished 3 soldiers, wounded eight others and confiscated an M-16 armalite and an m14 assault rifle, a packbag and ammunitions.

In fleeing from the ambush site, other members of the joint AFP-PNP-Cafgu platoon held for several hours the employees of the nearby Puentespina flower garden.

The NPA ambush was to give justice to the victims of the 84th IB and its use of Lumad vigilantes in its current intensive military operations. The military offensives started last Feb 27 covering the barangays of Cadalian, Tambobong, Tawan-atwan, Carmen and Tamayong , hampering preparations of the civilians for the forthcoming Araw ng Dabaw celebration.

Desperate but miserably failing to frustrate the advance of people's red army in Davao City hinterlands, the Army has backed and armed one Ceasar Malinaw, a pastor, to lead the indigenous people's for counter-revolutionary operations. The 10th ID's combat and Special Operations Team has blatantly used local Lumad opportunist leaders to resurrect the notorious Black Fighter vigilantes. It has also shamelessly used the Philippine Eagle Foundation as front for its reconnaissance activities.

It is futile and illusory for the 10th ID to conjure an image of Davao City peasant villages bereft of the NPA and revolutionary forces. The recent NPA ambush and the punishment of civilian military spy in Baguio district demonstrate the pursuit of revolutionary justice consistently upheld by the people's army.