Report of AFP offensive operations in disregard of synchronized ceasefire agreement
January 15, 2013

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Updated on January 15, 2013

  1. On January 10, elements of the AFP’s 10th Special Forces augmented by local CAFGU forces raided a platoon under the NPA Herminio Alfonso Command (Guerrilla Front 53) in Upper Tiwayan, Barangay Badyangun, Arakan, North Cotabato. The NPA unit was preparing to conduct a meeting with the local peasant masses to discuss the land problem in the area.
  2. On January 9, elements of the 67th IB arrested and detained civilian Pablito Gubaton, a purok chairman of Sityo Bangas, Barangay Mainit, Cateel town. He was released only after eight hours of tactical interrogation. The military accused Gubaton of receiving relief packs from the New People’s Army.
  3. On January 2, elements of the 2nd IB entered Barangay Sta. Cruz, Donsol, Sorsogon and launched combat operations against the New People’s Army and revolutionary mass organizations in the area.
  4. On January 1, three platoons of the 84th IB entered Barangay Tambobong, Baguio District, Davao City and began carrying out military operations in the area. Further augmented by other troops on January 3, the 84th IB has forced the evacuation of some 125 families, restricted work in plantations and controlled the movement of rice and other food supplies in the area.
  5. Elements of the Cagayan Valley Regional PNP arrested last December 28 in Bagumbayan, Tuguegarao City Rene Esmondo Abiva whom the military also alleges to be a revolutionary leader.
  6. The 10th ID set up checkpoints along roads leading to Paquibato district to deter visitors from attending the mass assembly scheduled to mark the CPP anniversary last December 26.
  7. Since December, elements of the 57th and 40th IB have been scouring the villages of Old Bulatukan, New Israel and Biangan, all in Makilala, North Cotabato and have put up two batteries of 105 howitzer canons against NPA Guerrilla Fronts 51 and 72.
  8. The 10th ID deployed three sections of soldiers in every barangay between Mapula to Barko-barko, Lumiad to Riverside and in Pandaitan, all in Paquibato district, Davao City.
  9. Elements of the 69th IB and 84th IB continue to intimidate residents of Purok Isled, Barangay Damilag in Calinan, Davao City in order to force them to report the whereabouts of the local NPA units.
  10. Elements of the 302nd Brigade and local police forces arrested last December 25 in Manjuyod, Negros Oriental, Oligario Sebas, whom the military claims to be Filemon Mendrez, allegedly a ranking revolutionary leader.
  11. On December 23, elements of the PNP in Milagros, Masabate City and troops of the 9th Infantry Battalion abducted Olalio Gonzaga, 22, of Barangay Bolo, Masbate City and Noel Espinosa, 37, a village watchman in Barangay Miabas, Palanas, Masbate.
  12. Elements of the 74th IB arrested last December 21 five local peasants in Mulanay, Quezon and accused them of being members of the New People’s Army (NPA).
  13. Hours before December 16, at the start of the Aquino regime’s ceasefire declaration, a platoon of the 31st Infantry Battalion clandestinely entered Barangay Hamorawon, Bulan, Sorsogon. For several days, it scoured the mountainous areas up to the border of the towns of Bulan and Irosin, before eventually returning to their camp.
  14. Elements of the PNP Regional Public Safety Battalion (formerly Regional Mobile Group o RMG) conducted combat operations in Barangay Macahoy, San Pascual, Masbate on December 24 and 25. On December 28 and 29, these troops raided the home of a peasant family in Barangay Mabini suspected of being active in the revolutionary movement.
  15. Intelligence and psywar operations continue to be conducted by the so-called “peace and development teams” of the AFP in roughly 40 barangays in the Bicol region.