The New People’s Army (NPA)’s crimes in Samar provinces, as per a key military official in the region, prove that the armed struggle has already reached the point of “fighting for survival.”
The terroristic acts of the NPA are foreseen, according to Maj. Gen. Pio Diñoso III, commander of the Philippine Army’s 8th Infantry Division, because the fight against communist insurgents in the region is nearly done.
In a phone interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA), Diñoso said, “We are almost done with our campaign. We should expect this to be more violent since NPA members are already fighting for survival. They want to project that they are still strong.”
Diñoso issued the statement after recent attacks on Samar Island by the communist terrorist group, which murdered and injured soldiers, militiamen, village leaders, and residents.
In upland San Andres village in Borongan City, Eastern Samar, an NPA fighter was killed in a gunfight between government troops and the communist terrorist group (CTG) on Sunday.
Soldiers had been monitoring the neighborhood in response to reports of militant extortion.
Crispin Mordido, 37, the village leader of San Andres in Las Navas, Northern Samar, was killed by a group of NPA insurgents on July 10 while meeting with them for a locally driven peace dialogue.
“They killed the village chief to threaten communities since they are already losing support from villagers,” Diñoso said.
A day earlier, a soldier was killed after he and his team had a gun battle with about 10 NPA rebels in Victory village also in Las Navas town. A village watchman was hit by stray bullets, and a six-year-old girl was injured.
Meanwhile, armed rebels exploded three anti-personnel mines at Jipapad, Eastern Samar, on July 7, killing a soldier and two militiamen and injuring six additional government troops.
“Our troops have no firearms since they were carrying woods to build a detachment. They had no capacity to fight, but the NPA used anti-personnel mines to kill and mutilate them. This is the NPA’s strategy since they are not anymore capable to engage in a face-to-face gun battle,” Diñoso added.
The military chastised the NPA for continuing to use anti-personnel mines, which have been prohibited since 1997.
The United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines have all designated the Communist Party of the Philippines-NPA as a terrorist group.