NPA – North Abra attacked Philippine Army Detachment in Lacub
And warned Golden Lake Mining Company

Procopio Tauro Front
NPA North Abra
December 16, 2013

“This is a continuity of a series of punitive attacks against the  41st IB due to continuing human rights violations and will also serve as a warning to Golden Lake and to Lacub LGU officials who are hellbent in imposing the operation of large-scale mining.”

This is the stern pronouncement of Danreb Bringgas, spokesperson of Procopio Tauro Front – NPA North Abra regarding harassment operations conducted last December 15, 2013 against the Bantugo Detachment of Charlie Company, 41st IBPA in Poblacion, Lacub, Abra. The attack by a team from the PTF started at 6am.

According to the spokesperson, the 41st IB has long been serving as Security Force of large-scale mining interests.  They are also being used to pressure and terrorize the masses who are opposing entry of large-scale mining, such as what happened during the bogus FPIC (“Free” and Prior “Informed Consent”) Process last May 2012 in Lacub, Abra.  Aside from this, the 41st IB continuously violates rules of war as mandated by International Humanitarian Law against using civilians as human shields, in the CARHRIHL (Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law) stating clearly that military units should not encamp in populated areas, and in the IPRA (Indigenous People’s Rights Act) that prohibits encampment and military operations in ancestral lands without prior consent of the indigenous peoples.  These were further strengthened by a UNICEF declaration banning military camps in the vicinity of schools, such as in Bantugo, Poblacion, Lacub.

Bringas also warned LGU officials who are persistently imposing the operations of Golden Lake Mineral Resources.  Bringas condemned the deceit of these officials claiming that exploration is not mining and further promising projects to be given by the mining company, when these projects should have been delivered by the National and local governments, if only bureaucrat capitalism is not so entrenched.

“The CPP-NPA-CPDF consistently stands in opposition to destructive projects such as LSM (large-scale mining), dams ken illegal logging, who benefit on a few.  Based on the collective experiences of corporate mining communities, it is only the companies who really benefits and get rich, while the people continue to suffer, especially after the destruction of land, water and other resources.  No amount of money and so-called projects, roads and alleged employment can replace the destruction of communities,” Explained the spokesperson.

Ending his message, Bringgas emphatically warned Golden Lake/Magdaleno Pena Mining Company, “Just try to bring your equipments, and surely you will feel the people’s protests and the punitive actions by the NPA.”

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NPA – North Abra inatakar ti Philippine Army Detachment sadiay Lacub
ken binallaagan ti Golden Lake Mining Company
Disyembre 16, 2013

“Panagtuloy daytoy iti agsasaruno a panagdusa ti 41st IB gapu iti tuloy-tuloy met laeng a panaglabsing da iti karbengan kas tao ken agserbi met laeng kas ballaag para  iti Golden Lake ken kadagiti opisyal ti LGU Lacub nga agipilpilit a sumrek ti kumpanya ti minas.”

Daytoy ti nainget a pablaak ni Danreb Bringgas, tagapagsarita ti Procopio Tauro Front – NPA North Abra maipanggep iti Harassment a naisayangkat idi December 15, 2013 sadiay Bantugo Detatsment ti Charlie Company ti 41st IBPA sadiay Poblacion, Munisipyo ti Lacub, Probinsiya ti Abra. Nangrugi iti alas-6 ti agsapa iti panag-atakar nga insayangkat ti maysa a team manipud PTF.

Segun iti tagapagsarita, nabayagen nga agserserbi kas Security Force dagiti pwersa ti 41st IB kadagiti kumpanya ti minas. Us – usaren met laeng isuda iti pananglipit ken pammutbuteng kadagiti umili a kumonkontra iti panagserrek ti dadakkel a minas kas iti napasamak iti FPIC Process idi May 2012 iti Lacub, Abra. Kalaksidan pay ditoy, aggingga iti agdama ket tuluy-tuloy a lablabsingen ti  41st IB ti paglintegan ti gubat a nailanad iti International Humanitarian Law a saan a rumbeng a pagbalinen nga human shield dagiti sibilyan, iti CARHRIHL (Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law) a mangiparit iti militar nga agkampo kadagiti pagnanaedan ti umili ken iti IPRA (Indigenous People’s Rights Act) a mangiparit nga agkampo ken ag-operasyon ti militar iti ayan dagiti nainsigudan nga umili nga awan ti pammalubos. Pinasingkedan pay daytoy ti deklarasyon ti UNICEF a mangiparit a pagkampoan ti militar dagiti eskwelaan. 

Balballaagan met lang ni Bringgas dagiti opisyal ti LGU a tuloy–tuloy a nangpilpilit a sumrek dagiti kumpanya ti minas. Konkondinaren na ti panangallilaw nga ar–aramiden dagiti opisyales ti LGU a saan a panagminas ti eksplorasyon ken panagkari ti nadumaduma a proyekto no makaserrek ti kumpanya ti minas.

“Ti CPP-NPA ket kanayon a natibker iti posisyon na laban kadagiti makadadael a proyekto kas iti LSM, dams ken illegal logging. Batay iti kolektibo a kapadasan dagiti komunidad nga adda dagiti kumpanya ti minas, dagiti kumpanya ti kangruaan nga agnam-ay ken aggannansiya ngem saan met dumur-as ti biag ti umili nu di ket isuda pay ketdi ti naglak-am iti didigra ken amin a madi nga epekto ti dadakkel a minas. Saan a masukatan ti aniaman a kari a kwarta, proyekto, kalsada, pagteggedan ti madi nga epekto nga ipaay ti LSM iti umili ken iti aglawlaw.  Dagitoy a kari ket rebbengen ti gobyerno, adda man wenno awan dagiti minas” Inlawlawag ti tagapagsarita.

Kas panggibus, nangibati ni Bringgas iti mensahe para iti Golden Lake/Magdaleno Pena Mining Company, “Padasen yo nga iserrek dagiti makina yo, ket sigurado a marikna yo ti protesta ti umili ken panagdusa ti NPA kadakayo.”