Red fighters under the Armando Catapia Command (ACC-NPA) raided the barangay hall in Maot, Labo, Camarines Norte where the murderous 49th IB troops were stationed on April 29. Four soldiers were killed in the attack while another was wounded.
The Red fighters were able to seize eight firearms consisting of six M16 rifles, a K3-SAW (Squad Automatic Weapon) and a cal .45 pistol, as well as other military equipment and a laptop computer.
The successful tactical offensive belies claims by the AFP 9th ID that the NPA in the region no longer has the capability to launch victorious offensives against the fascist troops.
The 49th IB troops were conducting counterrevolutionary operations when they were attacked by the NPA. The Red fighters timed the raid before noontime, when nine soldiers left for the adjacent Barangay Calabasa to join a cockfight, leaving only ten soldiers behind, including their commanding officer 2Lt. Eric Estravelio.
The 49th IB has a bloody record of human rights violations. It is responsible for the massacre of the Mancera family in Barangay Malaya, Labo town last February. Farmer Benjamin Mancera and his two minor children were killed in the massacre and one of his daughters was wounded when soldiers arbitrarily opened fire on the Mancera family’s house.
The soldiers have been using public facilities such as barangay halls, daycare centers, schools, churches and houses of civilians as detachments during their military operations. They threaten and harass civilians in the villages and extract forced confessions that they are either NPA members or supporters.
The revolutionary movement regrets the death of a civilian and the wounding of another in this battle. The ACC is exerting efforts to get in touch with the families of the affected civilians and extend assistance to the best of its ability, said NDF-Bicol spokesperson Gregorio :Ka Greg" Bañares.