NPA ambush in Eastern Samar serves to punish the AFP-PNP joint operations plan

THE New People’s Army-Eastern Visayas admitted that they were behind the ambush of the  PNP-Regional Mobile Group security convoy of Arteche Mayor Roland Evardone in Brgy. Catumsan, Arteche, Eastern Samar last Feb. 26.

The NPA – Efren Martires Command  said  the ambush was meant to punish the newfangled AFP-PNP joint operations plan.

Karlos Manuel, EMC spokesperson, in a statement said:  “The PNP-RMG elements were legitimate targets as government combatants. Moreover, this assertion by the NPA is reinforced by the Jan. 25 regionaL memorandum of agreement on a joint implementation plan between the 8th ID and the PNP. Such a MOA blurs the distinction between the ostensibly different functions of the military and the police. We also believe the MOA to be part of the thrust to strengthen the coercive powers of the state for political repression, as directed by the US Counter-insurgency Guide. The US COIN Guide is the basis for the AFP’s new Oplan Bayanihan, which pretends to prettify “counter-insurgency” such as in paying lip service to human rights, while in reality intensifying military and psywar operations and thus escalating human rights abuses.”

Insp. Al Tandiado, team leader of the PNP-RMG, was killed, while PO1s Elmer Tesado, Kenneth Tafalla and Sherwin Furtgada were wounded in the said incident.

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