NPA raids Tagum security agency HQ, confiscates 6 high-powered rifles; high enemy casualties in NPA ambush vs. reaction troops

Rigoberto F. Sanchez
Merardo Arce Command - NPA-Southern Mindanao
21 May 2013

The New People’s Army (NPA) Southern Mindanao Regional Command lauds the officers and Red fighters of the 6th Pulang Bagani Company of the ComVal-Davao Gulf Sub-Regional Command and the ComVal-Davao East Coast Sub-Regional Command for the successful joint tactical offensive launched at a security agency headquarters and the military’s reinforcement troops on May 20 and 21 in Tagum City and Mawab town.

During the May 20 raid against the Dasia Security Agency headquarters in Tagum City, Red fighters of the 6th Pulang Bagani Company of the ComVal-Davao Gulf Sub-Regional Command and the ComVal-Davao East Coast Sub-Regional Command confiscated one M4 5.56 automatic rifle, three Baby armalite rifles, two M16 armalite rifles, two 12-gauge shotguns, ammunitions, ammunition magazine and vests and bulletproof vests.


Disguised as PDEA operatives, the NPA Red fighters raided the Dasia Security Agency headquarters at the Dr. Juan Gonzales Street, Orange Valley village located less than a kilometer from both the Davao del Norte Provincial headquarters and Tagum City Philippine National Police station at 7:45 evening of May 20.  Without firing a single shot, the Red fighters immediately controlled the headquarters and confiscated one M4 5.56 automatic rifle, three Baby armalite rifles, two M16 armalite rifles, two 12-gauge shotguns, ammunitions, ammunition magazine and vests and bulletproof vests.


For a total of 15 minutes, the NPA’s daring raid was conducted amid high police, military and intelligence personnel at the downtown city area.  Caught by surprise, the enemy was only able to dispatch its reinforcement troops after more than 10 hours later.  The successful NPA offensive in Tagum City drew the enemy forces to NPA lair, thus making the enemy reaction unit vulnerable to NPA ambuscades.  Having anticipated enemy reaction, the NPA operatives hit military troops with two attritive actions resulting to multiple casualties.

On May 21, at 6:15 AM, the NPA discharged command-detonated explosive (CDX) hitting the Philippine Army’s 66th Infantry Battalion onboard a KM450 military vehicle along the national highway at Barangay Pandapan, Tagum City.  Enemy soldiers were wounded.

Later at 8 AM, the NPA discharged another round of CDX, damaging an armored personnel carrier some two to three kilometers away from the Army’s 10th Infantry Division at Sitio Tagmanok, Barangay Tuburan, Mawab town, Compostela Valley province.  The explosion resulted to high enemy casualties.

The disarming of the Dasia Security Agency was a punitive action against its owner, the Escandor family, who was responsible for various landgrabbing offenses against the Matigsalogs in Barangay Salumanay and Sitio Marahan in Marilog District and versus the Ubo Lumads in Baracatan, Toril District, all in Davao City.

The Tagum City raid and ambush of reaction troops are in line with the call of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines to intensify tactical offensives in order to seize more weapons and create more units of the People’s Army.  The intensification of disarming operations and ambush of enemy reaction troops aim to develop fully the political and military strength of Red fighters under the NPA Southern Mindanao Regional Command in order to reach the strategic stalemate in the next few years.


(Sgd) RIGOBERTO F. SANCHEZ
NPA Southern Mindanao Regional Command