By Ka ARIS FRANCISCO
NPA Comval-North Davao-South Agusan Subregional Command
A unit of the New People’s Army Comval-North Davao South Agusan Subregional command harassed military forces on 23 and 24 April, in Km 21, Casoon, Monkayo town. One was killed and two were wounded from the troops who were part of the joint operations of the 25th Infantry Battalion, Scout Rangers, 66th Infantry Battalion, 28th Infantry Battalion, and the Task Force formed by Mayor Joselito Brillantes, Jr., and the 10th Infantry Division – Eastern Mindanao Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
In response to the successful NPA raid of Mayor Brillantes’ armory in Olaycon, Monkayo, on 14 April, the AFP mounted heavy military operations in the towns of Monkayo, Laak and Montevista in Compostela Valley. The size of operations belied Mayor Brillantes’ continued denial that he was a warlord who had an arms cache of 74 firearms and thousands of ammunition.
Brillantes and the military are bent in recovering the same firearms so that Brillantes can continue to maintain his private army and goons, protect his mining business and continue his rabid anti-people activities. His own goons and private army are part of the joint military operations in the countryside.
The NPA will continue to mount tactical offensives to stymie Brillantes’ efforts and the AFP’s counter-revolutionary Oplan Bayanihan to pursue revolutionary justice and raise the level of people’s war.