NPA expresses gratitude for the successful operation
February 22, 2013

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With clenched fists, we wish to express our warmest gratitude to all the masses and friends who lent all-out support in the successful operation against Del Monte Phils. Inc. and Dole-Stanfilco last February 19, 2013. The success of the offensive actions showed most overwhelmingly the breadth and depth of the mass base we have attained so far for the intensification of our guerrilla warfare. We congratulate and salute the NPA commanders and Red fighters who carried out this operation painstakingly.

Amidst the synchronized attacks of different NPA units covering over 50-kilometer span, the surprised armed security guards, reactionary armed forces and police and their intelligence units were rendered deaf and blind.

On the other hand, we extend our sincerest apologies to the following:

First, to the motorists and passengers who were inconvenienced and to the owners of the spiked vehicles. The brief traffic obstructions in particular sections of the Cagayan De Oro – Malaybalay route was set up purposely by the operating NPA units to delay the reinforcements of AFP troops and the police and in order to avoid civilian getting caught in the crossfire should a firefight break out. We beg your consideration for the trouble.

Second, we are deeply sorry that a civilian, Mario Ayuban was wounded, who at the time of incident mingled with the Kadre security guards who were putting up a firefight. We will by all means make an effort to extend assistance for his medication.

We extend our condolences to the family of Alfredo Neri who died, as well as those of two other Kadre security guards of Del Monte who were wounded. As armed protectors of this oppressive and exploitative company, aside from their security agency’s counterrevolutionary orientation, they became legitimate targets in this operation. Armed confrontations should have been avoided had they peacefully surrendered their firearms. We call on other security guards to refrain from armed resistance in the event of NPA attacks to avoid similar occurrences in the future.

We wish to assure the public that in as far as the NPAs are concerned, the resumption of normal farming and business activities within the tourist destinations in Kitanglad National Park are now completely safe.

Once again, we extend our gratitude to the people for supporting the punitive action against the anti-people and environmentally-destructive companies of Del Monte and Dole. We must remain steadfast in our struggle to defend the environment and build a society where the working people will genuinely benefit from the fruits of their labor—not the exploitative and destructive foreign and local ruling classes.