Friday, September 10, 2010

2 Armies killed in the barangay hall of Magkayangkang, Bayugan, Agusan del Sur-NDF

2 Armies killed in the barangay hall of Magkayangkang,
Bayugan, Agusan del Sur

NDF - Northeastern Mindanao
September 6, 2010

Two armies staying in the barangay hall of Magkayangkang, Bayugan, Agusan del Sur were killed when they were sniped by a group from a guerrilla platoon of NPA-Front 8 under the Pulang Diwata Command-NPA (New People’s Army) of NEMR-North Eastern Mindanao Region. This occurred at around 1 o’clock dawn in September 6, 2010. The Red Fighters crawled and were able to get near and determined 2 dead. The team of the 2nd DRC Philippine Army of the 402nd brigade were staying at the barangay hall of said barrio for 3 days in the course of their military operations.

This military operation being launched by the 26th IBPA in Bayugan, Agusan del Sur is but part of the widespread, continuous military operations in Caraga at the start of the Noynoy Aquino III presidency. Four Philippine presidents in the past, Cory Aquino, Fidel Ramos, Erap Estrada and Gloria Arroyo, upon assuming office, stopped military operations in the mountain communities. A few months passed before military operations against the revolutionary movement started.

The peasantry in the countrysides were greatly disappointed when upon Aquino III’s assuming of office came military operations, inspite of his declaration that he does not want the “smell of gunpowder” on his first SONA (State of the Nation Address). He is the only president who has done this. It was better during the time when a general became president of the country because the countrysides experienced a let up from military operations. Does this mean that Aquino III is more a militarist than Gen. Ramos? Especially with the extension of Arroyo’s OBL-Oplan Bantay Laya inspite of its defeat in the recent past.

Aquino’s Oplan bantay Laya II is the basis for the uninterrupted, widespread military operations since June up to the present that resulted in the following:

1. 45 military actions within 3 months during Aquino III time
a. 33 snipe-harassment by the NPA units against the army, CAA and PNP
b. 5 NPA tactical offensives
k. 7 punitive actions against DOLE Phils, SUDECOR logging and other destructive
2. 37 armies, PNP and CAA were killed while 13 were wounded
3. A woman NPA fighter was killed.

This also resulted to widespread human rights violations and economic sabotage in the country sides. At present there are more than 168 families from barangay Mahaba, Marihatag, Surigao del Sur who have been forced to evacuate because of harassment from army troops launching military operations in their areas. There are also farmers and lumads in 4 other barrios who temporarily evacuated from their farmlands to a safer place. 12 farmers including a 14 year old minor, were illegally arrested, threatened and physically assaulted. A house of a lumad family was strafed, which resulted in the leaving behind of a small child inside the house for one night, good thing the child was not hit. Another farmer was shot by troops from the 75th IBPA, he was wounded and was not provided treatment. But the spokesperson of the army declared that they treated the wounded and that there was no need to worry.

Aquino III’s OBL-Oplan Bantay Laya, resulted to 37 killed from the Army, CAA and PNP in Caraga.

Aquino’s OBL violated the human rights of the farmers.

Aquino’s OBL destroyed the economy of Mahaba, Marihatag, Surigao del Sur and other barrios affected by military operations.


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