NPA not behind Ligao ambush against paramilitary CAFGU

CPP Information Bureau

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today clarified that no unit of the New People’s Army (NPA) was involved in the ambush against an element of the Citizens’ Armed Force Georgraphic Unit (CAFGU) last 2 January in Albay.

Arnel Yuson, a CAFGU member, and his wife Sarah Jane, were traversing the road in Sitio Abulan, Barangay Oma-oma, Ligao City, when ambushed by unidentified men. Sarah Jane was killed in the incident.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) immediately accused the NPA of staging the ambush and denounced it as a violation of the ceasefire agreement.

According to the Santos Binamira Command of the NPA in Albay, they are looking into the possibility that the elements of the 2nd Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army, were themselves involved in the ambush as their detachment was located less than a kilometer away from the site of the incident.

The CPP asserted that units of the NPA and people’s militias are strictly complying with the ceasefire declaration of the CPP Central Committee which has been re-extended to 15 January, in support of the resumption of peace negotiations between the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GPH).

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