DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / July 2, 2009) – Communist rebels on Thursday claimed responsibility for a daring raid on a police headquarters in the southern Philippines.
The New People’s Army said its fighters from the 4th Pulang Bagani Command seized four automatic rifles and pistols, including ammunition in the Wednesday raid in Santa Josefa town in Agusan del Sur province.
It said no policemen were killed in the raid that lasted only 10 minutes.
“Not a single shot was fired as the Philippine National Police municipal station was quickly neutralized. Once again, this tactical offensive shows that the NPA’s sole target is the firearms that would further strengthen the revolutionary fighters.”
“Nobody from the enemy’s side would become casualties if they will not resist NPA offensives; this is because the NPA adheres to the International Humanitarian Law concerning hors de combat,” a rebel spokesman, Ka Nadem, said in a statement.
Hors de Combat is a French term which literally means "out of the fight." It is term used in diplomacy and international law to refer to soldiers who are incapable of performing their military function.
The rebel spokesman said: “The raid was part of a tactical offensive serves as a punishment against the armed forces of the vicious and corrupt Arroyo government, which is now preparing to remain in power via the Constitutional Assembly.”
Ka Nadem was referring to moves by Arroyo’s allies in Congress to amend the Constitution and eventually prolong her into power. Arroyo is to step down next year.
The NPA is the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines which is fighting the past four decades to overthrow the government and install a Maoist state in the country. (Mindanao Examiner)