Philippines: Maoist guerrillas

  • July 7, 2022
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The New People’s Army (NPA), the armed wing of the Maoist-leaning Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), has suffered a series of setbacks in recent weeks. First in Barangay Buenavista (Negros Occidental), where two Maoist guerrillas from Front No. 2 of the NPA were killed by soldiers from the 94th infantry battalion during a clash.

In Barangay Enrique Villanueva (Negros Oriental), an NPA member was killed and two others were injured by government troops during an anti-guerrilla operation. In Lake Sebu (South Cotabato), four guerrillas were killed at a checkpoint manned by a joint police-army team. Two of them, Ariel Lasib and Johndel Limosnero, were officials of the Regional Command of the NPA’s “Musa-Far South Mindanao” Guerrilla Front. Several civilians suspected of belonging to the NPA were reportedly arrested on this occasion.

Finally, in Barangay Imbayao (Northern Mindanao), soldiers from the 1st Special Forces Battalion caught up with a group of around ten Maoist guerrillas, killing one of them and injuring two others. For its part, the NPA has not remained inactive. In Las Navas (Samar), a policeman was killed and five other members of the police force and the army were injured in an IED ambush.