Saturday, December 18, 2010

NPA warns vs. continuing 10th ID-AFP troop build-up in Davao hinterlands amid mutual GRP-NDFP ceasefire

NPA warns vs. continuing 10th ID-AFP troop build-up in Davao hinterlands amid
mutual GRP-NDFP ceasefire*

Simon Santiago
Political Director
Regional Political Department
NPA-Southern Mindanao
December 16, 2010

The Regional Political Department of the New People's Army in Southern Mindanao issues this statement to the public regarding the continued covert troop movements of the 10th ID-AFP. Reports from the field showed that GRP forces belonging to the 1003rd Brigade-10th Infantry Division-Eastern Mindanao Command-AFP are moving men and materiel in Paquibato District, Davao City.

These surreptitious moves cannot simply be dismissed as mere routine movements:

December 10, Friday, enemy troops on board two 6x6 military trucks arrived in the interior Barangay Mapula in Paquibato, Davao City;

December 14, Tuesday early morning, another batch of enemy troops on board three 6x6 military trucks arrived in the nearby Barangay Pandaitan, Paquibato;

December 15, noontime up to 3 pm, three AFP attack helicopters back up the additional enemy troops deployed in sitio Ranso in Barangay Pandaitan; in sitio Manipis in Barangay Paquibato proper; in sitio Quiambao and sitio Damilag in Barangay Mapula; in Purok 6 in Barangay Salapawan; and in sitio Nursery in Barangay Malabog. The above areas are in the interior and Davao hinterland communities in Paquibato.

This 10th ID-AFP forward deployment in Paquibato smacks of duplicity and is tantamount to armed provocation. The NPA strongly urges the AFP to cease these offensive maneuvers in the guerilla territories as it only increases the risk of armed engagements. This is also an act of bad faith on the part of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines which has issued a 19-day ceasefire with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines.

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