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Philippine troops drop bombs in Abra farms in NPA ‘pursuit operations’


MANILA — On May 30, 2013 at 6 a.m., soldiers from the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ 41st IB chanced upon a unit of the New Peoples’ Army (NPA) and fired at the NPA sentry. A firefight reportedly followed, with the NPA guerrillas retreating as the soldiers had the initial advantage. Four hours later, the said NPA unit and soldiers of the AFP again clashed. This time, the NPA reportedly gained advantage after mounting an ambush on the pursuing soldiers of the 41st IB.

The two incidents left three (3) soldiers killed and an undetermined number wounded. In a statement, the NPA said their guerrillas retreated safely. The 2 firefights took place at Mabolo, Gacab, Malibcong, Abra.

After the firefight, the AFP has reportedly begun a pursuit operation, in the process bombing several areas in the town of Malibcong. At 2 p.m. on May 30, it dropped bombs in Gacab and Duldulao. At 7 a.m. on May 31, helicopters reportedly bombed farmlands in Paoay, Umnap, Bangilo.

Two hours later in the same day, a bomb also exploded at farmlands in Barangay Lat-ey, 150 meters away from the community Micro-Hydro Power Plant, and only 40 meters away from 2 teenage girls who reportedly suffered war shock because of the incident. Diego Wadagan, spokesman of the NPA in Abra, said in a statement emailed to Bulatlat.com that a bomb was also dropped in nearby Sitio Alligang of Lat-ey village in Bangilo, Abra, but it failed to explode.

Wadagan warned that with the people’s full support, they will frustrate the current AFP offensive in North Abra. They charged that the purpose behind the “clearing operations” of the Armed Forces’s 503rd Brigade in North Abra is “to ensure easier entry of large-scale mining companies.”


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17 thoughts on “Philippine troops drop bombs in Abra farms in NPA ‘pursuit operations’

  1. Lkditmo, wadagan! Di met daguita laglag nga politiko ti labananyo ta isuda (ken sikayo) ti mangirurumen ti tattao.

    Posted by engot | June 2, 2013, 8:50 am
    • agreed. Apay nga dagiuti napapanglaw ken kakaasi nga taga banbantay ti kayat ti militar a dalusan? what does this mean? Daguiti taga banbantay or tha so called “Tinguians” saan da nga agkukunniber ti kuarta ti gobierno no di ket daguiti buaya iti lowlands ti corrupt. Why not drop the bomb kadaguiti luglugar nga ayan daguiti rinukir nga agtuturay tapno mapukaw koma daguitoy nga klase ti tattao. Apo Presidente Aquino please try to help the poor people of the montains not to be scared or killed by the military.

      Posted by Tallie Pugo | June 28, 2013, 5:53 pm
  2. dagita private army ti politiko patayen yo nga military ta isu da ti agpatpatay ti tao.

    Posted by tokmol | June 2, 2013, 9:23 pm
  3. Dagiti rinuker nga agtuturay, politico ken appointed,ti rebbengna nga ” dalusan” ti military ken NPA tapno sumardeng ti panagrigrigat. Apay nga dagiti militant leaders nga mangilablaban ti kinapudno ti victima ti military? Apay nga agpapatay ti NPA ti civilian? Apay agpipinnatay ti military ken NPA KET NI MET RINUKEER NGA AGTURAY TI RAMOT TI RIGAT KEN RIRIBOK?

    Posted by Tagamasid | June 3, 2013, 4:22 am
    • i agree pnp n army had been slaughtered for d past days wy nt change ur strategy go aftr crooked politicians, justices, appointed public oficials, treasurers like jerico. i mght join also wd ur cause.

      Posted by eric shawn | June 3, 2013, 5:57 am
    • We cannot blame the military for they are just doing on what they got paid to do by protecting the interests of our few politicians/lawmakers and their equally greed cohorts or political backers. They are all belonged to the elite group/family that controlling the direction of our economy or our future. Our military’s hand are being tied behind their back although some of them including Pres. Aquino, Sen.Trillanes and others were just bleeding inside for they are still over-powered by shrewd sons and daughters of the devil politicians or lawmakers. What can this Military do if their Commander-In-Chief forced to listen more to his political/economic advisers rather than to his out-numbered more concerned leftist or progressive minded few comrades? One good example is the total eradication of corruption but the President cannot succeed totally especially in the province of Abra because some of his allies or friends are might be as well be guilty as charged. Our only remaining hope is, if Sen Trillanes or Lacson will be our next President or their likes. Other than that, we will still suffer the same fate over and over again and might be even worse if Pres. Aquino will not dance CHA-CHA necessary for the extension of his term.

      Posted by river cross | June 3, 2013, 7:08 pm
  4. nu dagita kuma Npa ket tumulong da na lang ti umili..han ket a agparigat..adda ammok a ili kunwari tumulong da kano..pero ibusenda met ti bagas da..dagijay met umili agbutbuteng da lang…kunwari scholar da kanu dagijay annak da ti dijay met garud government school…natural libre dayta uray awan schoolar mo….

    Posted by bulongnghangin@gmail.com | June 4, 2013, 1:38 am
  5. kitan yu apo dagijay lugar a adu ti NPA na,..djay ti nagbuntog ti progreso na ..dakayu inkay ket sumukon ta apan yu aywanan ti pampamilya yo…..

    and dont use wadagan as your name …..you are not worthy of the name..intiendddeee

    Posted by bulongnghangin@gmail.com | June 4, 2013, 1:46 am
  6. Ulitek, dagitoy corrupt ken killers nga agtuturay ti puon ti rigat ken riribok. Military n NPA join hands to neutralize this “animals’. You are brothers, why kill each others. Dagitoy uleg ti pagtitinulonganyo, saan nga dakayo ti agpipinnatay.

    Manen, diay Japan, nagbaliw nagbalin nga didplinado ti tattao kalpasan nga ‘naibos dagiti rinuker nga agtuturay’ babaen ti grupo dagiti junior militar officers. Results- rimmang ay ti Japan. Militar ken NPA agpanunot kayo!

    Posted by Tagamasid | June 4, 2013, 5:52 am
  7. Adu ti himala ti biag daguiti politician, kas ano nga maputed ti corruption ket uray met daguiti agsumsumbangir nga armado ket corruptor da met. mabalin da met a mapasuksukan ti kwarta tapno agtalna da. uray pay diay dakes unay a politician no ikkam ni berdogo ti kwarta ket agtalna… awan pammatik ta addan ti kapadasan kadaguiti nagtuturay a dadduma a mangilablaban ti kalintegan ti umili, idi isu da ti nagturay nabaliktad diay prinsipyo da gapu ti kwarta. Uray no bomaba daguita parehos met laeng nga corruptor da, maymayat laengen nga aglalaban da tapno maibus da.

    Posted by Umili | June 4, 2013, 8:18 pm
  8. The military protects political families. Wala nang ibang kakapitan ang taong bayan. Kung walang point ang NPA, hindi sila tatagal ng ilang dekada. At suriin natin, lalong humihirap ang bayan dahil sa operasyon ng mga sundalo. Bomba bomba en da pay dagiti fields. isuda met lang ti ,mangibus ti bagas tapos agpanggap da pay nga NPA kanu, kitaen yu jay inaramid da jay Tubo idi 2008-2009. in hamlet da pay en ti pananuman.

    Posted by Rachelle | June 5, 2013, 8:13 pm
  9. haan tay ngamin a mamat-pati kadaguita ibag-baga ti NPA nalaing da nga agsao nalaka da a mabrainwas ti pan-pannot lalo no daguita u-ubbing/agtutubo ti kapatang da. adu met a ti naitulong daguitoy ta adda kabuteng ti politician ngem no maikkan da ti kwarta agbalin nga isu da ti guardia tay politician a nalimed.

    Posted by KaMil | June 5, 2013, 11:52 pm


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