Pfc. Neil Bartolome a spy and a legitimate target of the NPA

Karlos Manuel
Efren Martires Command, New People's Army-Eastern Visayas
March 7, 2013

The Efren Martires Command of the New People's Army-Eastern Visayas said today that a legitimate military action occurred last March 1 in Brgy. Roxas, Lope de Vega, Northern Samar against elements of the 20th Infantry Battalion of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. “Private First Class Neil Bartolome was killed in a counter-offensive launched by our Red fighters and people's militia to defend the people against human rights violations committed by the 20th IB in the guise of 'bayanihan',” said Ka Karlos Manuel, EMC spokesperson.


Ka Karlos Manuel also clarified that the 20th IB troops were in Brgy. Roxas to conduct Oplan Bayanihan's triad operations combining psywar, combat and espionage. “It is a violation of international huanitarian law for combatants to use civilian communities as their base and to use civilians as human shields. But in this latest incident, it is clear from the statements of 20th IB chief Lt. Col. Vestuir that Pfc. Bartolome and another soldier were mingling with civilians as they walked towards their base in a civilian community. Furthermore, Pfc. Bartolome and his companion were unarmed and pretended to be civilians while their unit was on active operation, because they were in fact doing intelligence work when he was killed. According to the laws of war, spies are considered combatants and Bartolome was therefore a legitimate target for the NPA counter-offensive.”

Manuel also condemned Lt. Col. Vestuir for saying “the area will be investigated” to identify those suspected of involvement in the tactical offensive. “Lt. Col. Vestuir wants to dismiss the existing civil war in the country by insisting that an act of war is simply a criminal action. He is also looking for a reason to intensify the harassment of civilians merely suspected of supporting the revolutionary movement. It is irresponsible for Lt. Col. Vestuir to make such a statement because this will encourage soldiers to attack civilians, including progressive activists and human rights advocates, who all do not participate in the armed hostilities.”

Manuel furthermore said that in the midst of the relentless military offensives of the AFP, all units of the NPA and the people's militia are ready to intensify guerrilla warfare, defend the people and defeat the US-Aquino regime's anti-people Oplan Bayanihan.#

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Efren Martires Command
New People's Army-Eastern Visayas

Pahayag ha Mantalaan
Marso 7, 2013

Lehitimo nga target han NPA hi Pfc. Neil Bartolome nga usa nga espiya

Ka Karlos Manuel, Tagapagyakan
Efren Martires Command
New People's Army-Eastern Visayas

Ginsering yana han Efren Martires Command han New People’s Army-Eastern Visayas nga usa nga lehitimo nga aksyon-militar an nahitabo hadin Marso 1 ha Brgy. Roxas, Lope de Vega, Northern Samar kontra ha mga elemento han 20th Infantry Battalion han Armed Forces of the Philippines. “Napatay hi Private First Class Neil Bartolome ha usa nga kontra-opensiba nga aksyon han aton mga Pula nga mangaraway ngan milisya han katawhan agud depensahan an katawhan kontra ha mga panalapas han tawhanon nga katungod han 20th IB ilarum han tahub nga 'bayanihan',” sering ni Ka Karlos Manuel, tagapagyakan han EMC.

Ginklaro pa ni Ka Karlos Manuel nga ada ha Brgy. Roxas an mga tropa han 20th IB para ha kondukta han operasyon nga triad han Oplan Bayanihan kun diin ginkukumbina an magpintas nga operasyon saywar, kombat ngan paniktik. “Talapas ha internasyunal nga makatawo nga balaud nga gamiton han mga kombatant an mga sibilyan nga komunidad komo base, ngan an paggamit ha mga sibilyan komo taming han mga sundalo. Kundi ha pinakaurhi nga insidente, klaro mismo ha pahayag han hepe han 20th IB nga hi Lt. Col. Noel Vestuir nga nasalado ha mga sibilyan an iya mga tropa samtang tikadto ha ira base ha usa nga sibilyan nga komunidad. Dugang pa, samtang aada ha aktibo nga operasyon an ira yunit, waray armas ngan nagpakuno-kuno nga sibilyan hi Pfc. Bartolome ngan an iya kaupod, tungod kay ha kamatuoran nagpapatuman hira han buruhaton paniktik ha panahon han pagkapatay ha iya. Ha mga balaud ha gerra, ginkukunsidera nga mga kombatant an mga espiya ngan kun sugad usa nga lehitimo nga target hi Bartolome han kontra-opensiba han NPA.”

Ginkondena gihap ni Manuel an ginsering ni Lt. Col. Vestuir nga pagkondukta hin “imbestigasyon ha erya” agud matudlok an mga gintatahapan nga kaapi ha taktikal nga opensiba . “Gindidiwara ni Lt. Col. Vistuir an naeksister nga gerra sibil ha nasud ha pagpagawas nga kriminal nga aksyon an usa nga akto han gerra. Namimiling pa hiya hin rason agud papintason an panmuypoy bisan ha mga sibilyan nga gintatahapan la nga nasuporta ha rebolusyonaryo nga kagiusan. Iresponsable an sugad nga pahayag ni Lt. Col. Vestuir tungod kay nagduduso ini hin pangatake han kasundaluhan ha mga sibilyan, upod na an mga progresibo nga aktibista ngan tag-undong han tawhanon nga katungod, nga ngatanan waray kalabutan ha armado nga agway. ”

Gindugang pa ni Manuel nga ha butnga han waray wantas nga mga opensiba-militar han AFP, andam an ngatanan nga yunit han NPA ngan milisya han katawhan nga papintason an ginerilya nga pakig-away agud depensahan an katawhan ngan pakyason an kontra-katawhan nga kampanya han Oplan Bayanihan han rehimen US-Aquino. #