Successful attack against the operating troops of the 5th IB

Magno Udyaw
Leonardo Pacsi Command - NPA-Mountain Province
30 November 2013

The Leonardo Pacsi Command (LPC)-NPA Mountain Province again launched a successful attack against the operating troops of the 5th IB Philippine Army (PA) in the afternoon of 28 November 2013. The light artillery troops stationed with 2 Howitzer cannons at Lake Danum, between Sagada and Besao, Mountain Province were fired at by a sniping team of the LPC. 

This offensive was carried out to drive out the fascist forces and to protect the people of the Mountain Province and Abra from the indiscriminate bombings which the Philippine Army is fond of doing as part of their desperate moves against the New People’s Army. Sagada residents were victims of such bombings last month, as in the past when it was the people of Tubo, Abra who suffered such traumatic experience.

One element of the Philippine Army was seriously wounded in the sniping attack conducted by the LPC while other elements incurred injuries as well. There were no casualties on the side of the NPA. Earlier on November 16 and 17, NPA units also inflicted 2 attacks on the 50th IB PA combat troops somewhere in Baclingayan, Tubo, Abra. Three (3) PA soldiers were wounded while there were no casualties on the side of the NPA.

Wide-scale combat operations of the joint forces of the 50th IB PA and Regional Police Safety Battalion (RPSB)-CAR have been escalating since 13 November. At the same time, the number of human rights violations has also increased. Most condemnable is the irresponsible shooting of 2 residents of Bangaan, Sagada who were mining in the area of Baclingayan, Tubo. After being shot by the fascist forces, the two civilians were held hostage with their hands tied. Another youth was held hostage in Belwang, Sadangga. Several residents, including 2 minors and a foreign national, were traumatized by the military pointing their guns at them while driving them away from their farms and workplaces. The continuing militarization of Sagada, Besao, Sadangga and Bontoc since September of this year have been causing economic dislocation as the people have been prevented from tending to their farms, gardens, mines, hunting grounds and irrigation systems.

The Leonardo Pacsi Command-NPA, the entire revolutionary movement and the peoples of the Cordillera condemn the blatant disregard and violations of the socio-economic and political rights of individuals and communities. We hold accountable the commanding officer of the 50th IB PA Lt. Col. Richard Sibayan and the RPSB-CAR Chief Superintendent Benjamin Magalong, as well as their superiors in the 503rd Brigade and 5th ID. 

Moreover, we condemn the continuing military operations to suppress the struggle of the Cordillerans against the plunderous onslaught of multinational large-scale mining and energy corporations in connivance with compradors and bureaucrats in the Aquino government, who are in turn being served by the mercenaries in the AFP and PNP. In order to ram through their economic greed and political tyranny, they are employing all means including deception, dirty maneuverings and militarization that victimizes the same people whom they have sworn to serve.

All units of the NPA, along with the numerous units of the people’s militia in the Mountain Province, will continue these attacks on reactionary troops. All members of the revolutionary movement will surely defeat the onslaught of militarization under the guise of Oplan Bayanihan.

We call on the people to mobilize and drive away military presence in Lake Danum, Kin-iway in Besao, Guinaang in Bontoc, Abew in Sadanga and in the numerous CAA detachments spread all over the 10 municipalities of the Mountain Province.

We call on the Mayors and other LGU officials to revoke the duplitious Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) they have signed with the 50th IB PA as such an agreement only serves as license for the military and police to conduct military operations and disregard civilian authority with impunity.

*Stop the widespread military operations in the Mountain Province and Abra!
Oppose the building of military fortifications in Lake Danum and Kin-iway!
Punish the human rights violators in the 50th IB PA and RPSB!
Advance the struggle of the national minorities for the right to self-determination!


Iloko version

Naimballigian nga opensiba militar kadagiti operating troops ti 5th IB

Ti Leonardo Pacsi Command (LPC)-NPA Mountain Province ket nangisayangkat iti maysa manen a naimballigian nga opensiba militar kadagiti operating troops ti 5th IB Philippine Army (PA) ti malem ti Nobyembre 28, 2013. Ti light artillery troops a naka pwestuan  ti 2 Howitzer cannons idiay Lake Danum a nagtengngaan ti Sagada ken Besao, Mountain Province ti nabira manipud ti sniping team ti LPC.

Ti opensiba ket naisayangkat tapno papanawen dagiti naranggas a pwersa ken tapno protektaran ti umili ti Mountain Province ken Abra manipud kadagiti indiscriminate a panagbomba. Daytoy ti pakaragsakan nga aramiden ti Philippine Army kas parte ti desperado  nga atake da kadagiti New People’s Army. Ti umili ti Sagada ket biktima dagitoy a bombings iti napalabas a  bulan .Ti napalabas , dagiti umili ti Tubo, Abra ti nakapadas ti traumatic nga pasamak.

Maysa nga elemento ti Philippine Army ti seryoso a nasugatan manipud ti panag snipe ti LPC  ken dagiti dadduma nga elemento ket nasugatan met laeng. Awan ti natay/nadangran ti bangir ti NPA.  Sakbay ti November 16 ken 17, ti LPC ket nangisayangkat ti dua (2) a panag atake da  iti 50th IB PA combat troops iti banda ti Baclingayan, Tubo, Abra. Tallo (3) nga PA soldado ti nasugatan. Awan ti natay ti bangir ti NPA.

Nalawa nga combat operations manipud ti nagkadwa nga pwersa ti 50th IB PA ken Regional Police Battalion (RPSB)-CAR ket kumarkaro nanipud idi Nobyembre 13. Kasilpo na daytoy, nangpakaro daytoy ti ado nga panaglabsing iti karbengan pangtao. Nakaro met ti  panagkondenar ti iresponsable a panagpaltogda ti dua a masa manipud idiay Bangaan, Sagada a makiminminas idiay Baclingayan, Tubo.

Kalpasan a pinaltugan ti naranggas a pwersa ti PA, hinostage da ti  dua a sibilyan nga nakagalot ti im ima da. Maysa met lang a kabataan ti nahostage idiay Belwang, Sadanga ken Bontoc. Ado a residente karaman diay 2 a kabataan ken maysa a foreign national nga naikamang diay lugar ti natrauma iti panangtutok ti paltog kadagitoy kabayatan a papapanawen  da dagitoy idiay um uma ken pagtrabahoan da. Ti agtultuloy a militarisasyon idiay Sagada, Besao,Sadangga ken Bontoc manipud idi September iti  agdama a tawen ti  makagapu ti pannakaistorbo ti panagbirok ti pangkabiagan ken panangiparit nga apanda ag uma, agminas, ag anop ken mangisingpa ti irigasyon.

Konkondenaren ti Leonardo Pacsi Command-NPA,  ken ti entero a rebolusyonaryo a tignayan ti umili ti Cordillera ti naparang nga  panaglabsing ti karbengan ti  kultura ken pangkabiagan ken pampulitika  dagiti umili ken komunidad.  Ti commanding officer ti 50th IB PA Lt. Col. Richard Sibayan ken ti RPSB-CAR Chief Superintendent Benjamin Magalong ken ti superiors da iti 503rd Brigade ken 5th ID ti responsable kadagitoy nga pasamak.

Kasilpo na pay, ikonkondenar mi ti agtultuloy nga military operations tapno pasardengen na ti panakidangadang ti Cordillerans para ti  nakaro a panaggamrud ti multinational large scale mining ken energy corporations ket karaman a taktika da ti ranggas militar  tapno ipilit ti panagnegosyoda a manggamgam kadagiti nalalawa a dagdaga ken manggamrud kadagiti rekurso para iti bukod da a panagbaknang.  Iti bangir na, mangpakpakaro  daytoy iti  sagsagrapen  ti umili a minorya a pannakaidadanes a kas naisapata da nga pagserbiyan.

Amin nga yunit ti NPA, kadwa dagiti yunit ti milisyang bayan ti Mountain Province ket itultuloy da a parmeken  ti reactionary troops. Amin a miyembro ti revolutionary movement ket parmekenna  ti militarisasyon babaen ti rupa ti Oplan Bayanihan tapno lappedan ti pumigpigsa a tignayan ti umili iti Kordilyera ken iti intero a pagilian.

Ti kinaagpayso na, ti maskara ti kinarungsot ken kinaadu ti tropa nga inbuyat da iti probinsiya ket pangtapal iti pannakaibabain ken pannakapaay da a mangparmek iti New People’s Army ken rebolusyonaryo nga umili.

Bumileg ken agmaymaysa  ti umili nga mangpapanaw iti presensiya ti military idiay Lake Danum, Kiniway idiay Besao,Guinaang idiay Bontoc, Abew diay Sadanga ken dagiti haan nga mabilang nga CAA detachments nga naiwaras iti sangapulo (10) municipalities ti Mountain Province.

Karit kadagiti Mayors ken dadduma nga LGU officials nga iwaswas ti mapang allilaw a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) nga napirmaan  karaman ti 50th IB PA. Daytoy nga nagkaykaysaan ket agserbi nga mangpalubos ken mangited ti wayawaya iti  military operations  nga mangiruswat ti kinaranggas ken panagtaggibassit ti civilian authority.  

Isardeng ti nalawa nga military operations iti Mountain Province ken Abra!
Lappedan ti  panangibangon ti military fortifications idiay Lake Danum ken Kin-iway Dusaen dagiti human rights violators manipud iti 50th IB PA ken RPSB
Itandudo ti dangadang dagiti national minorities para iti bukod nga panagkeddeng.