The Philippine National Police condemned the two recent hostilities launched by the communist New People’s Army against government troops, despite the underground movement’s own declaration of a holiday ceasefire.
According to a report from Police Regional Office 8 (PRO 8) led by Officer-in-Charge PCSupt Cedrick G Train, troops of 20th Infantry Battalion composed of five personnel led by Corporal Roman Clago on board military truck was ambushed by undetermined number of NPA between Brgy. Bukid and Brgy. Bugay, Las Navas Northern Samar on December 22, 2015 at 7:55 AM which kills one (1) soldier and wounded two (2) others.
Police authorities identified the soldier who was killed-in-action as Private First Class Darylll Baldo and the two (2) wounded-in-action as Corporals Michael Porten and Roman Clago while it was undetermined on enemy side. The suspected Communist Terrorists withdrew towards Brgy. Roxas, Las Navas, N. Samar.
The government troops were on a relief mission for victims of typhoon Nona in Samar.
PCSUPT CEDRICK G TRAIN, Officer-in-Charge, PRO8 expressed dismay and said the recent ambush was an act of desperation by the NPA for their failure to extort money from the people.
Meanwhile on December 17, 2015 at around 7:00 o' clock in the morning, albeit NPA’s declaration of ceasefire for this holiday season, atrocities against government soldiers was conducted by the local communist rebels along national highway in Barangays Pahug and Madalunot, Pinabacdao Samar wounding two soldiers of the 846th Engineering Battalion.
The government troops were also transporting relief goods from Oras Eastern Samar to be distributed to all victims of Typhoon Nona in Northern Samar.
An estimated 15 armed members of Communist Terrorist fired, hitting the driver's feet and one of his escorts.
The military trucks were on their way back to Tacloban to get another set of relief goods for the typhoon Nona victims. One Army Officer said that the ambush might be a retaliation of the government troops clearing operations from the past week which enables the Army to overrun an NPA camp near the ambush area.
Accordingly, the truck was loaded of 16 soldiers from 546th Engineering Battalion and 81st Division Reconnaissance Company based in this city.
PSSupt Train, condemns in the strongest manner the CNN’s continued acts of terrorism by conducting ambush on the Philippine Army who were transporting relief goods for humanitarian mission for typhoon victims. The CNN has evolved from an ideological revolutionary group to one conducting acts of banditry out of desperation since the people are hesitant to give in to their demands.
He said, “The PNP is on top of the situation. The long arm of the law will be used to hold them responsible for their criminal acts. The public is assured that the PNP, in collaboration with the AFP, will remain relentless in maintaining the peace and order in the country.”
The PNP needs every member of the community to fulfill their social responsibility by assisting law enforcement agencies in reporting the activities of these threat groups.
Police authorities in the region encourages the public to be more vigilant and to continue in helping the authorities in denying the CNN to wreak havoc in the region, by way of reporting any presence of an NPA in their locality. Together, their treacherous acts will end as they masquerade themselves as people but they actually take pride in fomenting violence.
The PNP and the AFP will continue to help victims of Typhoon Nona in Northern Samar. Nevertheless, the PNP asks the public to provide the police with relevant and timely information regarding presence of Communist Terrorist in their AOR thru (twitter account, facebook page) or thru the following: Dial 117 or text 2920; RTOC 09173114794/09478907155 and Isumbong Mo Kay Tsip 09178475757.