Tuesday, January 30, 2007

RP Troops Hunt Rebels Who Raid Gold Mine Site

Gregorio Rosal, spokesman for the Communist Party of the Philippines, denounces military-imposed food blockade in southern Philippine province of Surigao near where New People's Army rebels raided a gold mining site in Mount Diwalwal. (CPP-NPA Photo/Caption Mindanao Examiner)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (Mindanao Examiner / 30 Jan) – Security forces mounted a fresh operation to capture a band of communist insurgents who raided a gold mining site in the southern Philippines, officials said.

Officials said some 40 members of the New People’s Army stormed the site on Mount Diwalwal, a gold rush area near Monkayo town in Compostela Valley province.

The weekend attack left a chilling warning that despite an all-out government offensive against the NPA, rebel forces continue its own campaign.

The raiders destroyed a bulldozer and carted away several weapons owned by security guards. There were no reports of casualties, officials said.

Troops have been deployed in the town to pursue the rebels.

Last week, security forces sealed off the southern Philippine town of Tagbina near Surigao del Sur province where it said had a senior NPA leader, Jorge Madlos, trapped.

Troops also imposed a food blockade on the village of Santa Juana to flush out Madlos and his group, said Gregorio Rosal, spokesman of the outlawed Communist Party of the Philippines.

“The AFP even has the gall to openly boast of its imposition of a 'food restriction as it euphemiscally calls its food blockade," Rosal said.

He said Army Col. Jose Viscarra, commander of the 401st Infantry Brigade, prevented villagers from gathering and carrying with them any food as these might be given to Madlos.

Rosal said denounced the food blockade as "a cruel imposition on the local population and a blatant violation of international humanitarian laws which give premium to the welfare and protection of civilians amid war."

"Emboldened by Gloria Arroyo's all-out war, the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) tramples on the people's human rights with impunity and arrogance in complete disregard of the people's welfare and total contempt of international humanitarian law," Rosal said.

The NPA is the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, which is fighting the past three decades for the establishment of a Maoist state in the country.

The United States listed the CPP and NPA, including its political wing, the National Democratic Front as foreign terrorist organizations, on Manila’s prodding.
(Mindanao Examiner)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

NPA is really cruel. They are killing the jobs and businesses in the Philippines. They make everybody even more poor. NPA must go.