By ARIS FRANCISCO
Spokesperson, NPA Comval-North Davao-South Agusan Sub-Regional Command
The New People’s Army Guerrilla Front 33 under the Compostela Valley – North Davao – South Agusan Subregional Command raided the compound of the Sumitomo Fruits Corp. (Sumifru) and captured Cpl. Benjamin Enot Samano (serial no. 833269), 37, and Pfc. Alvin Ricarte (serial no. 901744), 23, who are members of the 60th Infantry Battalion in New Corrella, Davao del Norte, on 2 December 2014, at 3:45am to 4:00am.
The NPA also confiscated from them and from the company guards two M16 high powered rifles, one shotgun, four rifle grenades, one icom radio and two vests of ammunitions.
The NPA punished the Japanese-owned banana exporter Sumifru for its gross violations of the rights of its workers. The NPA received complaints from the workers and their families that the company has imposed 16-work hour shifts without overtime pay in padlocked, jail-like buildings. Arbitrary termination and suspension of workers without due cause are also rampant.
The company employed as its most trusted company guards the fascist personnel of the 60th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army. The rabidly anti-people Japanese firm continues to support the military operations of the 60th IB, the Army unit that is responsible for the illegal logging, extra-judicial killings and other human rights violations of peasants and Lumads in Kapalong and other parts of Davao del Norte.
The Sumifru-60th IB tandem continues to heap criminal acts against the people, thus making it a legitimate target of the NPA.
For as long as guerrilla conditions warrant and notwithstanding enemy operations that imperil the safety of the two Prisoners of War (POWs), the NPA custodial unit strictly observes the NPA’s Rules of Discipline and the International Humanitarian Law pertaining to captured enemy personnel.