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ARROYO ORDERS AFP TO WIPE OUT NPA IN SAMAR/NEGROS

by Pesante-USA Wednesday, Jun. 24, 2009 at 10:49 AM
magsasakapil@hotmail.com 213-241-0906 337 Glendale Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026

More clashes are expected between government soldiers and communist rebels following President Gloria Macapagal- Arroyo’s order for the military to wipe out guerrillas in Samar. Ms. Arroyo issued the order to the military at a visit to Samar last week before she went to her trip abroad. This was according to Lt. Col. Oscar Lasangue, head of the 3rd Civil Relations Group of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. In a phone interview Tuesday, Lasangue said Samar and Negros Island were priorities in the counterinsurgency campaign. He said the military’s job was to reduce rebel strength to allow the Philippine National Police to take over the fight against the communists. The communist New People’s Army, however, insisted on its continued strength in a statement posted on its website.

Pesante News

June 23, 2009

Arroyo orders Army to wipe out NPA in Samar , Negros

ILOILO CITY, Philippines—More clashes are expected between government soldiers and communist rebels following President Gloria Macapagal- Arroyo’s order for the military to wipe out guerrillas in Samar.

Ms. Arroyo issued the order to the military at a visit to Samar last week before she went to her trip abroad. This was according to Lt. Col. Oscar Lasangue, head of the 3rd Civil Relations Group of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

In a phone interview Tuesday, Lasangue said Samar and Negros Island were priorities in the counterinsurgency campaign. He said the military’s job was to reduce rebel strength to allow the Philippine National Police to take over the fight against the communists.

The communist New People’s Army, however, insisted on its continued strength in a statement posted on its website.

More Clashes in the Visayas

According to Pesante News sources from the Philippines, the NPA in Samar has launched different tactical offensives in Samar and Negros. More AFP troops had been added to Samar after the successive tactical offensives by the NPA.

The NPA’s Leonardo Panaligan Command in Negros said the ambush on soldiers of the Army’s 11th Infantry Battalion in Guihulngan, Negros Oriental, last month showed that massive military operations have failed to crush the rebel movement.

Col. Gerardo Layug, 301st Brigade commander, said Army operations would focus on Panay Island. Layug said the Army was expected to meet its target of reducing rebel strength on Negros Island this year.

A new battalion, the 82nd Infantry Battalion, was formed last week to reinforce soldiers assigned to Panay Island. The 82nd IB would be composed of at least 400 soldiers and is currently in training in Camp Monteclaro in Miag-ao, Iloilo.

Meanwhile more NPA ambushes and raids were noticed in the island of Luzon most specially in Bicol, Rizal and in Cagayan Valley. There were also sporadic clashes in the central highlands of the Cordilleras in Abra and Mountain Province.

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