Camp General Mateo Capinpin, Tanay, Rizal –The New People’s Army (NPA) terrorists group ransacked a ranch and abducted six (6) civilians at Sitio Tumbaga, Brgy Pagsangahan, San Francisco, Quezon on February 26, 2018 at about 5pm yesterday.
According to Col Elias Escarcha, Commander of 201st Infantry Brigade in Quezon, the six abducted were helpers and security workers of Murray Ranch. Two (2) of the securities were off duty members of Citizens Armed Force Geographical Unit (CAFGU). The victims were disarmed after being abducted.
After perpetrating the crime, the NPAs withdrew towards the hinterland bringing along six firearms from the ranch. However, at about seven o’clock in the evening yesterday, the six abducted were later freed by the terrorist group.
Col Escarcha said that the victims are now at their homes; however they were traumatized by the incident. “They now fear for their lives and for their families as well”, he added.
Major General Rhoderick M Parayno, Commander of 2nd Infantry Division said that the NPAs were attacking defenseless civilians. “The crimes perpetrated by the NPAs are clear acts of terrorism”, he added.
Meanwhile, at about nine o’clock in the morning today, February 27, 2018, the NPA terrorist group ambushed personnel of Alpha Company, 514 Engineering Construction Battalion (ECB) on board military truck. They were getting a mixer in Quezon when ambushed by the NPAs. The ECB is constructing a multi-purpose pavement along Brgy Ilayang Panaon, Unisan, Quezon.
The terrorist used lmprovised Explosive Devices (IEDs) wounding five (5) soldiers and three (3) civilians including a mother and two (2) of her children. The identities of the victims are still being confirmed and verified pending release.
The victims were rushed to Bondoc Peninsula District Hospital and now undergoing medical treatment.
Major General Parayno said that the NPAs use of lEDs is a violation of Republic Act 9851 (Act penalizing crime against International Humanitarian Law).
“The NPAs are attacking civilians and defenseless people. They don’t want development to reach the communities as this will limit their movement. Hitting soft targets will cover their weakness. This is their way of projecting strength”, he said.
”We are pursuing them. The people are no longer supporting them. The support they are getting are forced majeure”, Parayno added.