By Joey Natividad
BUTUAN CITY – (BicolToday.com/25-April-2012) – New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in Mindanao seized some 50 high-powered firearms from an arms storage facility of a security agency in Butuan City on Sunday night.
Most of the firearms carted away by the rebels are AK-47 assault rifles, several sniper rifles, and hand pistols. In a statement, the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) named the arms storage facility as owned by the Earthsaver Security Agency with office at Barangay Libertad, Butuan City. The security agency is employed by mining companies.
The rebels who conducted the raid belonged to the North Central Mindanao Command – Front 4. The rebel group has maintained its policy to stop all mining activities in the country, in areas under its control in order to preserve the country’s irreplaceable natural resources, and to counter moves by foreign monopoly-capitalist companies to exploit the country’s mineral wealth.
“The Filipino people and their revolutionary forces are elated over the success of the NPA raid. They applaud the victorious tactical offensive, and are more inspired to join the NPA, and participate in the effort to advance the people’s revolutionary armed struggle,” said the CPP in the communique.
“All units and commands of the NPA salute the Red fighters of Front 4 for the highly successful raid, and seek to learn from their experiences,” said the CPP. “Every other front command of the NPA should be inspired to emulate, match and surpass the success of the Butuan raid.”
The rebel group said there will be more successful raids, and the seizure of 50 high powered firearms in Butuan City will serve “as a bar to be exceeded by all other units of the NPA in the rest of the country.”
The rebels admitted that they need more firearms to form new companies and platoons for their guerrilla force. “The NPA needs to seize more and more firearms from the AFP, the PNP and their paramilitary groups and private armies, including special armed units posing as security agencies,” the rebel group said in the statement.
The rebels claimed they operate in more than 100 guerrilla operational commands in the country, spread out in 70 provinces. BicolToday.com
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