Issue of January 6, 2019

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PRO-Cor condemns NPA attack on Kalinga CAFGU patrol base
by Pamela Mariz Geminiano / PNA

The Police Regional Office-Cordillera has condemned the New People’s Army for attacking the Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit (Cafgu) active auxiliary patrol base in Uma, Lubuagan, Kalinga on Dec. 23, which killed the base commander and injured three other personnel.

“PRO-Cor condemns to the highest degree the treacherous harassment and burning perpetrated by NPA in Agagama, Uma in Lubuagan, Kalinga,” C/Supt. Rolando Nana said in a statement posted on the unit's official Facebook page on Dec. 24.

Nana said the NPA have been sowing fear and civil disturbance for the last 50 years. “They have launched attacks on government troops in PRO 5, PRO 10, and now in PRO-Cor, aside from murdering Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police personnel who are serving and protecting the community,” he added.

He said the NPA has just shown their true color by violating the ceasefire they themselves declared. “This is a manifestation that the NPA are not sincere in pursuing peace,” Nana said.

He said the PRO-Cor will endeavor to help seek justice for the death of Sgt. Elon Bayang, the Cafgu active auxiliary cadre, and the wounding of three others.

“Their acts of gallantry, even to the extent of giving up their lives to defend their base, inspire us more,” Nana said.

About 30 members of the terrorist unit had left one of their own, who died in the 15-minute exchange of fire.

“They too have lost a comrade during their attack. The lifeless body of Commander/Squad Leader Roy Tongdo also known as “Rex” from Balbalan, Kalinga was left behind by those whom he believed would fight side by side with him to death. Indeed they are just after their communistic goal at the expense of their brethren.”

The PRO-Cor chief reiterated their plea to the public to help the government end activities of the NPA by providing information of their presence in the community.

“We encourage every Cordilleran to help in the government’s efforts to end the terroristic acts of the NPAs by reporting and not supporting any of the activities of these lawless elements.”

Earlier, the 5th Infantry Battalion, which has operational jurisdiction over the Cafgu, called on the public to report sightings of NPAs in the communities including their extortion activities that sow terror among the people, especially those in far-flung communities.

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