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Attack on soldiers a punishment for protecting Vizcaya miners- NPA

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- The New People’s Army (NPA) admitted perpetrating an attack against the 84th Infantry Battalion in Nueva Vizcaya town, saying it was their “punishment” for allegedly standing to protect the “destructive mining.

In a statement sent to The Northern Forum, Victor Servidores, spokesperson of the Fortunato Camus Command-NPA Cagayan Valley, said the military operations in Kasibu town were meant to harass those who are opposing the mining operations of OceanaGold Mining Corporation.

“Ang ambus na isinagawa ng Venerando Villacillo Command-NPA noong Setyembre 1 ay bahagi ng pamamarusa ng NPA sa 84th IB na matagal nang nagsisilbi bilang mga protektor ng interes ng dayuhang mapaminsalang pagmimina sa bayan ng Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya,” Servidores said.

The encounter between the rebels and soldiers on September 1 resulted to the deaths of four soldiers: Staff Sergeant Dexter John Tagacay, Corporals Jayson Sabado and Rusty Galan and Private First Class Abraham Lindo. Injured was Corporal Gerby Soriano.

The rebel unit also said they were able to seized three M16 and one K3 rifles from the military.

“Ang kanilang tropa ay nagsasagawa ng operasyong militar upang takutin ang mamamayan na tumigil sa paglaban sa pagmimina sa kanilang lugar nang ambusin sila ng NPA. Nakakampo ang kinamumuhian ng masang 84th IB sa Sityo Upper Maglan sa nasabing barangay,” NPA said.

Thousands displaced

Meanwhile, the municipal social welfare unit of Kasibu reported that about 2,000 people in Barangays Paquet and Dine were evacuated following the heightened military operations in the area

Classes were also suspended as prevent students from being caught in a crossfire. Kasibu Mayor Chito Bumolo said a relief operation have been set for displaced families.

The Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Kasibu local government unit formed a crisis committee to address the needs of evacuees in Kasibu. Northernforum.net

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