By ARMANDO JACINTO “Ka Arman”
Spokesperson, Rosario Lodronio Rosal Command
NPA Mt. Sierra Madre-Southern Tagalog Subregional Command
Two successive encounters between soldiers of the Manila government belonging to the 21st Division Reconnaissance Company (21st DRC Armed Forces of the Philippines) and fighters of the New People’s Army belonging to the Rosario Lodronio Rosal Command (RLRC-NPA-Mt. Sierra Madre-Southern Tagalog Subregional Command) resulted to six AFP soldiers seriously wounded and one NPA fighter slightly wounded. The encounters happened in Barangay (village) Mahabang Lalim, General Nakar, Quezon.
The first encounter erupted at exactly 7:00AM this morning, 28 April 2015, and the second encounter happened at 10:00AM with a running gunbattle until 12:00 noon today.
Before the encounter happened, the military had been on a month-long combat operation to clear the mountainous areas of General Nakar, Real and Infanta towns in northern Quezon province as a preparation for the construction of the Sierra Madre Dams, a priority project of the Benigno Simeon Aquino government which the indigenous DUMAGAT and REMONTADO tribes are opposing.
The US-BS Aquino regime is trying to scare the people who are fighting against the said project because of the destruction that it would bring to the ancestral lands and to the environment. Together with the overwhelming support of the people, the revolutionary movement led by the Communist Party of the Philippines, National Democratic Front of the Philippines, and the NPA, strongly opposes and would fight back to preserve the ancestral lands of the DUMAGAT tribesmen and the preservation of the environment in Sierra Madre mountain range, and to stop the construction of the Sierra Madre Dams.
These encounters clearly show the NPA’s will to defend Sierra Madre Mountain against the onslaught of foreign and local capitalists who see the place as a source of gigantic profits, and not as a source of life that needs to be preserved.
The perseverance of the NPA to fight for the rights and welfare of the people clearly shows that the declaration of Southern Luzon Command (SOLCOM-AFP) under Gen. Ricardo Visaya is an empty boast. The encounter is a slap on their faces. Definitely, this would not be the last. The NPA will continue to fulfill its role as the real soldiers of the people and in the service of the people opposite the mercenary soldiers belonging to the AFP and Philippine National Police who continuously serve the interests of the rich and powerful, the land grabbers, foreign capitalists, and the ruling class in Philippine society.
Because the NPA is waging a just war against the injustices committed by the few ruling elite and their foreign supporters, the NPA will surely persevere and will continue to gain victories until the final victory of the Philippine revolution. In contrast, the ruling classes and their imperialist master will suffer continuous defeat until they are overthrown by the Filipino people.
The ruling US-BS Aquino Regime will suffer the same fate of his predecessors that boasted that they would destroy the revolutionary movement but eventually failed until their last day in office. The truth is crystal clear that the revolutionary movement will persevere in the struggle for real fundamental change of Philippine society.
Long Live the New People’s Army!
Long Live the Filipino People!