AFP: NPA rebels want to reinstate presence in Davao Sur

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014


THE military on Tuesday said the New People's Army (NPA) wants to re-establish its presence in Davao del Sur, which is already a "normalized" province, by performing some series of violent attacks.

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Public Affairs chief Lieutenant Colonel Demy Zagala, in an interview, said that it has been a while since the presence of the NPA was felt in the province and the motive behind the recent series of attack is to show-off and prove that they still exist.

"Pinapakita nila na nandyan pa din sila at kaya pa din nilang magsagawa ng karahasan lalo na sa Davao kasi ang area na ito ay pupunta na sa pagiging tahimik at mapayapa," he said.

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Zagala said they have already determined the group of the NPA rebels behind the attacks in Davao Del Norte on March 2 and 10.

"Iisa lang ang umatake nung march 2 at 10 'yun ay 'yung NPA group belonging to guerilla front 51 Southern Mindanao Regional Committee," he said.

Zagala said the group was lead by Felix Armosia, alias Jing.

On March 2, the landmine planted by the members of the said NPA group exploded in Barangay Managa, Banlasan town in Davao del Sur causing injuries to five civilian volunteers of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) while on March 10, seven soldiers and two policemen were killed after a series of bandit group attacks in Matanao Davao del Sur.

Zagala said they were already preparing the cases, which will be filed against the said NPA group for conducting several criminal acts.

Meanwhile, army spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Noel Datoyato said families of the casualties will receive financial assistance from the government.

Families of the slain soldiers will immediately receive P250,000 while personnel who obtained major injuries will receive P100,000 and P50,000 will be given to those who suffered from minor injuries. (Sunnex)

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