Guerrilla war of the masses intensify amid AFP clearing operations for large-scale mining in Mabini

Daniel Ibarra
Comval Davao Gulf Subregional Command, NPA--Southern Mindanao Region
January 4, 2015

A unit of the people’s militia ambushed the troops led by 1st Lt. Ronald Bautista who headed some 80 soldiers belonging to the 71st Infantry Battalion of the AFP in sitio Barigyan, Brgy. Candinuyan, Mabini, Comval at 10 am last December 29, 2014.

The militia attack was part of the guerrilla war of the masses campaign to foil the sinister plan of the 71st IB-10th Infantry Division to impose "no man's land" in Mabini, Compostela Valley, specifically in the villages of Darot, Linaw, Mascareg, Palali, Manasa, Anitapan, Panamin and Candinuyan.


Under the deceptive cover of a GPH (Government of the Philippines) month-long ceasefire, the ongoing deployment, combat manoeuvre, build-up and continuing Peace and Development Outreach Program (PDOP) operations of the 71st IB-10th ID are actually clearing operations to pave the way for the destructive large-scale mining  operations  of Australian owned One Asia Resources in Mabini.

Contrary to the lies and deceit of 10th ID chief Maj. Gen. Eduardo Ano, Bautista and two other soldiers killed in the December 29 ambush were not preparing for holiday break but were geared towards full combat operations in Palali, Mascareg and Linaw and Darot.

Bautista was not returning home to reunite with his family during the Christmas truce in Bohol, as claimed by the military spin doctors, but like his men, was armed with handgun and grenade when he was ambushed by the people’s militia.

Bautista and his troops manned a military detachment in Barangay Anitapan, Mabini to conduct combat operations and witch-hunting of peasant leaders in Palali, Panamin and Mascareg even during the period of GPH truce declaration and Christmas holidays.

The December 29 ambush was clearly not in violation of any truce but a form of revolutionary justice to frustrate the PDOP and human rights abuses of a fascist Army unit which was also responsible for the cold-blooded murder of child peasant Roque Antivo in 2013.   It was a legitimate politico-military action by the masses that have long suffered and bore the brunt of fascism and economic dislocation as a result of foreign large-scale mining.

The units of the NPA and people's militia vow to conduct more attritive and annihilative actions against the fascist troops that have become private armies of foreign and large-scale mining not only to defend the territories of the People's Democratic Government but also to protect the livelihood of the people and the environment. The people also effectively expose and oppose the systematic psywar and intelligence operations of the deceptive PDOP within civilian communities and infrastructures.

One Asia Resources is one of the big foreign mining corporations that are financially backing up the 71st IB’s triad operations of noncombat, intel and combat activities in order to suppress the people’s resistance to large-scale mining and human rights abuses. One Asia Resources is hell-bent in pushing through with its exploration and exploitation in the area this year.

The fascist mercenaries are conducting vilification campaigns against community leaders that are leading the communities' fight against foreign mining and military aggressions and for uplifting their livelihood such as raising farm production and farm gate prices of agricultural products.

Indeed, peace process presidential adviser Teresita Deles is standing on feeble ground when she qualified the December 29 ambush as a breach of the GPH’s unilateral truce. She peddled such a falsehood to discredit the revolutionary movement in an attempt to scuttle the resumption of the GPH-NDF peace negotiations and further muddle the substantive issues that should be resolved in the peace talks.