SORSOGON CITY, 24Sept2013 (BicolToday.com) – Despite the use of helicopter gunships in combat offensives by the Philippine Army, the rebel New People’s Army (NPA) in this province scoffed off the week-long military campaign by claiming successes in thwarting the offensive.
The NPA Celso Minguez Command (CMC) here claimed killing 2 soldiers on Saturday, September 21, by command-detonated landmine while Army troops were maneuvering to attack the rebel position in Dolos village, Bulan town.
On that same day, another rebel team lobbed a hand grenade at an advancing Army platoon. In Magallanes town, 4 Army troopers died when a hand grenade exploded that was thrown by rebels during an operation in Lapinig village.
The next day, Sunday, another firefight broke out in Calmayon village, the area where helicopter strafing was reported by civilians that day. The NPA said there was no casualty on their side.
CMC said, in a statement , the Philippine Army had launched “battalion-size” operations since September 15 in the internal villages of Juban, Bulan, and Magallanes towns since September 15.
The rebel group said the military offensives are aimed to score points for their year-end accomplishment reports in the state counter-insurgency program. [BicolToday.com]