BAGUIO CITY— The Police Regional Office Cordillera (PROCOR) has condemned the Communist New People’s Army Terrorists (CNT) for attacking the CAFGU Active Auxilliary (CAA) Patrol Base in Uma, Lubuagan, Kalinga at dawn Sunday, December 23, which led to the death of the base commander and injury to three other personnel.
“PROCOR condemns to the highest degree the treacherous harassment and burning perpetrated by CNTs to the CAA Patrol base in Agagama, Uma, Lubuagan, Kalinga, early dawn of December 23, 2018,” Chief Supt. Rolando Nana said in a statement posted on the the unit’s official Facebook page late afternoon on December 24.
Nana said the CNT’s have been sowing fear and civil disturbance for the last 50 years.
“They have launched attacks to government troops in PRO 5, PRO 10 and now in PROCOR; this is besides murdering Government servants, AFP, and PNP personnel who are serving and protecting the community,” the statement added.
“They have shown their true color by violating the ceasefire they themselves declared. This is a manifestation that the Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) are not sincere in pursuing Peace,” Nana said.
He further said the PROCOR will endeavor to help seek justice for the death of Sgt. Elon Bayang, the CAA 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.
The police general also said that the about 30 member-terrorist unit had left one of their own, who died in the 15-minute exchange of fire.
“The CNT’s 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 the CNT’s are just after their communistic goal at the expense of their brethren.”
The PROCOR chief reiterated their plea to the public to help the government end the terrorist activities of the NPA by providing information of their presence in the community.
“We would like to encourage every Cordilleran to help in the Government’s efforts to end the terroristic acts of the CNT’s by reporting and not supporting any of the activities of these lawless elements.”
Earlier, the Fifth Infantry Battalion (5ID) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), which has operational jurisdiction over the CafGU, had called on the public to report sightings of NPAs in the communities including their extortion activities that sow terror to the people, especially those in far-flung communities./Pamela Mariz Geminiano (PNA)