41st IB Bravo Coy, expelled by the people of Mataragan

Ka Danreb Bringgas
Procopio Tauro Front, NPA North Abra Front Operations Command
February 9, 2014

Red salute to the victorious protest actions of the people in Mataragan, Malibcong, Abra against the Bravo Coy, 41st IB, AFP.  The people expelled the military unit after finding the soldiers guilty of human rights violations, and disregard of laws pertaining to military encampment in civilian areas, particularly those of indigenous peoples. Complimentary to the peoples’ protests were attacks launched by the NPA , such as the September 29, 2014 sniping operations and the burning of the said detachment on the night of February 8, 2014.

The incessant presence of the detachment of the Bravo in Mataragan has long been a problem of the people.  According to laws and conventions, military camps should be located more than 500 meters away from civilian areas, to secure the people from possible crossfire; however, the said detachment is just a stone’s throw away from houses.  Moreover, the soldiers’ flagrant disregard of the rights of women are rampant, making local women subject of lust and oppression.  Farm animals, poultry and fruits and vegetables are robbed by the soldiers, and people are forced to serve as guides during military operations.  The women, fed up with exploitation and oppression from the soldiers of the Bravo Coy spearheaded protests, that were later supported by the entire community, including the Barangay Council.

The people consolidated the various cases against the Bravo Coy, such as violation of laws and conventions pertaining to military camps, against oppression and disrespect of women, public disturbance and harassment and intimidation against the people.  The people’s indigenous court found the Bravo Coy guilty and imposed ang P100,000 fine against the soldiers.  However, the military unit disregarded the people’s decision and instead left a measly P6,000, and sneaked out of the detachment on the night of February 8, 2014.  Clearly, this incident unmasked the AFP, through the 41st IB, as a fascist military institution, fighting for the ruling classes and against the people.  After sneaking out of their camp, an NPA team burned the deatchment left by the Bravo Company, to the delight and cheer of the people of Mataragan!

This exemplifies the strong bond between the people and the NPA, and the fact that people’s struggles are also fought by their true army, the NPA!  This experience have shown that the people’s protests and the NPA’s tactical offensives can, and will defeat the exploitative and oppressive enemies of the people.  The unity between the people and the NPA have shown that the revolutiuon can never be defeated.

We call on all the people to actively fight for the dismantling of all detachments and military camps of the fascist AFP, CAFGU and PNP.  Let us expose and oppose all human rights violations of the AFP, CAFGU and PNP.  Let us use and advance all forms of struggles, from filing of cases, collective and militant actions, metalegal actions and armed revolutionary struggle.  Join the New People’s Army!

Frustrate and defeat Oplan Bayanihan!
Advance the People’s War!
Achieve the estrategic stalemate until final victory!


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Iloko Version:

41st IB Bravo Coy AFP, pinapanaw ti umili ti Mataragan
Ka Danreb Bringgas,Tagapagsarita ti PTF
Pebrero 9, 2014

Rebolusyonaryo a panagsaludo iti naimballigian a protesta a naisayangkat dagiti umili sadiay Mataragan, Malibcong, Abra laban iti 41st IB Bravo Coy AFP. Nabaelan ti umili a pinapanaw dagiti militar babaen iti panangidarum kaniada gapu kadagiti panaglabsing iti karbengan kas tao nga inaramid ti nasao a yunit ti AFP ken panaglabsing iti linteg kasilpu iti panag-detatsment.   Komplimentaryo iti protesta ti umili ket dagiti panang-atake met ti NPA iti nasao nga detatsment idi Setyembre 29, 2014, ken ti panangpuor iti nasao nga detatsment.

Nabayagen a problema ti umili ti kinaadda ti AFP detatsment sadiay Mataragan. Segun iti linteg, maiparit ti panagdetatsment ti militar a saan a bumaba iti 500 metro kaadayo kagaditi natao a lugar tapno saan a mairaman ti umili kadagiti laban. Isu met laeng daytoy ti kangrunaan a pagdandanagan ti umili sadiay ta naipwesto ti detatsment asideg iti babbalay. Mainayon pay, nasaknap ti naararamid a panagbastos ti militar kadagiti kababaihan; adda dagiti inar-arem da, pambababae inganna adda nasikogan da a balasang; panagtakaw iti mulmula iti masa ken panagpilit da kadagiti masa nga ag-guide kadagiti operasyon da. Dakkel a bilang ti kababaihan ti nagtignay tapno ilaban da dagiti karbengan da a sinuportaran met laeng ti intero nga umili ken uray iti Barangay Council da.

Binukel ti umili dagiti naur-urnong da a kaso laban iti nasao a yunit ti militar. Kaso laban iti panaglabsing iti panagdetatsment, kaso laban iti panangbastos kadagiti kababaihan, kaso ti public disturbance ken kaso kadagiti pamutbuteng kadagiti umili. Segun iti nagkaysaan da ket pagbayaden wenno danyusan ti militar iti P100, 000 ngem saan inpatungpal ti militar daytoy nu diket nagbayad da laeng iti 6,000 kadagiti nangkaso inggana tinakasan dan ti umili.Ti pasamak a daytoy ket mangipakpakita a dagitoy a tropa ti 41st IB, ket saan a pudpudno nga agserserbi iti umili ngem pay ket di parigatan isuda, lipitin ken labsingen ti karbengan da kas tao. Kalpasan da maaramid dagiti kinaso kanyada ket iresponsable da met laeng a sinango dagitoy, saan da inrespeto dagiti nagkaysaan kadagiti umili ken basta da laengen pimannaw. Ipakpakita met laeng ti 41st IB  a nu pay adda pinabaro nga Oplan bayanihan a sursuruten ti AFP, saan latta a mailibak ti kangrunaan a kagagalad da a pasista ken aso-aso ti mangirurumen a gubyerno. Pinalakpakan dagiti umili ti NPA idi pinuoran dagiti Nalabbaga a Mannakigubat dagiti ramit ken istruktura nga imbati ti kabusor tapno saan dan a masublian pay dagitoy.

Nalatak a pakabuyaan daytoy a babaen iti naggigiddan a dangadang ti umili ken taktikal nga opensiba ti New People’s Army ket naan-anay a marebbek ti kabusor ken dasig a mananggundaway. Ti panagkaykaysa na daytoy ket saan a marebbek kaano man.

Aw-awisen mi ti amin nga umili nga aktibo a labanan ti panagdetatsment dagiti pasista a soldado. Ibutaktak dagiti panaglabsing ti karbengan kas tao. Aramaten ti naduma-duma a wagas iti pannakidangadang kas iti panagkaso ken panagpuor inggana iti armado a pannakigubat. Tumipon iti New People’s Army!

Paayen ti Oplan Bayanihan!
Iyabante ti Gubat ti Umili!
Gun-oden ti estratehiko a panagpapatas!