The May 7 military action of the NPA’s Wilfredo Zapanta Command-Front 18 Operations Command (Wizac-NPA) is a punishment against the abusive 28th IB-AFP (Infantry Battalion – Armed Forces of the Philippines)troops and a response to the complaints of the masses. The 28th IB-AFP casualties were not delivering Comelec (Commission on Elections) PCOS (precinct count optical scan) machines as 10th ID-AFP spokesman Capt. Emmanuel Garcia claims. The NPA, as a matter of policy and as track record shows, fully respects the people’s will in the guerilla base areas especially during this most chaotic election period.
At around 8 am that day, a team of red fighters under the Wizac-NPA hit a unit of the 28th IB-AFP RSOT (Reengineered Special Operations Team) in Brgy. Taguibo, Mati, Davao Oriental. The ambushed enemy section was on reconnaissance patrol. They were the security elements of the 28th IB RSOT who have been conducting a month-long psychological warfare operations in Brgy. Taguibo and were not delivering Comelec PCOS machines. Private John Glenn J. Aniasco was killed while Privates First Class Abdulgani Paguildan and Julieto Domingo were wounded in the May 7 NPA ambush.
Capt. Garcia is a pathetic liar, more so, when it comes to making excuses for the 10th ID-AFP’s battlefield losses. He now pegs his lies on the GRP (Government of the Republic of the Philippines) election chaos to sell. Capt. Garcia’s own yarn is a poor copy of the lies also peddled by AFP spokespersons in reaction to NPA tactical offensives in other regions. It only succeeded in unmasking him as someone who underestimates the people’s sense to discern the truth from falsehood.
Capt. Garcia is covering up the gross violations of the 28th IB-AFP RSOT of the war protocols. For already a month, the Alpha Coy of the 28th IB RSOT have established an encampment within the populated civilian community in Taguibo. The fascists made the civilian population of Brgy. Taguibo virtually their shields against perceived NPA attacks. They have turned the barangay public school building into a military barracks — and into brothels. The NPA has received reports of incidents of sexual harassment and molestation against women residents done by the soldiers of the 28th IB-AFP. Some of these cases were docketed before the local People’s Court, and is presently undergoing investigations. These are some incidents that Capt. Garcia wants to keep under wraps from the public.
As a 10th ID spokesperson is paid to do the spin job, it is not surprising for Capt. Garcia to quickly conjure the lie that the NPA sought to thwart the delivery of the PCOS machines. He has to get creative and make a perfect excuse for the dismal failure of the 28th IB-AFP’s RSOT operations in Taguibo, and their entire operations in Davao Oriental. Onto the homestretch of the doomed counter-revolutionary Oplan Bantay Laya (Operation Plan Freedom Guard), all they gained was widespread demoralization among their ranks, further alienation from the masses and the failure of the US-Arroyo regime in stemming the tide of the armed revolutionary movement.
A word of unsolicited advise to Capt. Garcia: be more original with your lies or you may lose your pathetic job.
Ka Simon Santiago
Regional Political Department
New People’s Army-Southern Mindanao