By MAGNO UDYAW
Spokesperson, NPA Leonardo Pacsi Command
NPA Mountain Province Provincial Operations Command
Let us set the record straight: The legitimate demand of the people of Sagada in the closing period of 1988 for the pullout of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police combat troops was clearly due to the virtual siege of Sagada by the combined troops of the 50th Infantry Batallion, 3rd Special Forces Batallion, and the PNP Regional Special Action Force (RSAF). These units occupied the municipal building, the Sagada Central School, sacred grounds (“papatayan”), the Calvary compound, the dap-ays, and several mountains within central Sagada, including Mt. Lallal-ay, Mt. Kiltepan and Mt. Maaney.