NPA Negros refutes Army’s claim they are weakening

By Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – Apolinario Gatmaitan Command of the New People’s Army (AGC-NPA) in Negros Island refuted claims of the Philippine Army that they are a “weakening revolutionary movement in Negros.”

AGC spokesperson Juanito Magbanua hit Col. Inocencio Pasaporte, 303rd Brigade commander, for making false claims about the rebels’ strength.

“Pasaporte is boasting of diminishing NPA strength based on false claims and all these were intended to mislead the people,” Magbanua said.

Magbanua said the 303rd Bridage commander “is not ignorant of the actual situation of the revolutionary movement in Negros, however, the military official wanted to whitewash their own schemes such as fake surrenderees, massacres, extrajudicial killings, bombings, hamletting, tortures and many other forms of human rights violations.”

“It cannot be denied that there are five guerrilla fronts from the northern to southern parts of Negros and one regime after another have unleashed various efforts but instead of decimating [the NPA], it continues to grow in strength and is firmly rooted among the broad masses,” he added.

The rebel spokesperson affirmed that the whole revolutionary movement in Negros under the leadership of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) is in the position of continuing armed struggle and achieving victories this new decade.

The NPA will be celebrating its 51 years of achieving great strides for the Philippine revolutionary movement under the absolute leadership of the CPP this March 29, 2020.