Andanar condemns NPA ambush on AFP troops in Borongan

Published November 15, 2019, 4:16 PM

by Martin Sadongdong & Antonio Colina

By Argyll Cyrus Geducos 

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar slammed the New People’s Army (NPA) for the killing of six soldiers in Borongan City, Eastern Samar Monday.

Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar (PCOO / FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN)
Communications Secretary Martin Andanar (PCOO / FACEBOOK / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

In a statement, Andanar said the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) condemned the ambush on members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) which instantly killed six of them and wounded 20 others because of the homemade explosives supposedly left behind by NPA rebels.

According to Andanar, the ambush was a clear move to derail the government’s initiative to turn NPA rebels to the fold of the law.

“Ito’y malinaw na isang paraan para po i-derail ang Executive Order No. 70 or ito po ang National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict at ang mga kaakibat po na mga aktibidad ng NTF-ELCAC (This is clearly their way to derail the plans of the NTF-ELCAC),” he said.

Andanar is the communications chief of the NTF-ELCAC. The Task Force aims to convince rebels to surrender to the government. The rebels who will surrender are promised to be assisted by the government as they reintegrate themselves to society.

President Duterte was set to meet with farmers from North Cotabato but decided to postpone it to condole with the families of the soldiers who were slain in the Borongan clash.

Based on reports, the government troops engaged in a 30-minute gun battle with the rebels after the latter detonated landmines.

Killed were Sgt. Rex Jadulco, Cpl. Ronald Go, Cpl. Limar Banug, Pfc. Kent Loyd Agullo, Pvt. Charlie Del Rosario, and Pfc. Junmar Buranday.

A Communist terrorist was also killed during the armed encounter.

Philippine Army’s Eighth Infantry Division spokesperson Capt. Reynaldo Aragones said pursuit operations against the Communist terrorist group were launched.

The military has repeatedly condemned the NPA for using landmines in their attacks, saying their move showed disrespect for basic human rights.

The NPA, the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, European Union, United Kingdom, and Australia, among others.

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