3 militiamen wounded in NPA attack in Batangas

MANILA — Three militiamen were wounded when New People’s Army (NPA) rebels fired at their detachment in Laiya Aplaya, Batangas last Thursday.

A report forwarded Saturday by 2nd Lt. Xy-zon Meneses, 2nd Infantry Division public affairs office chief, said the incident took place at 10:45 p.m. last August 18.

Injured were Sherlack Contrera, Honorio Rosales and Rodelito Contrera.

All three are undergoing treatment as authorities hunt down the insurgents.

Meneses said the attack was a desperate attempt of the NPA to show that they are still a major threat to the government, and for them to collect ‘revolutionary taxes’ from businesses in Laiya.

Commander of the 2nd Infantry Division, Maj. Gen. Romeo G. Gan said the attack manifests the insincerity of the NPA in achieving lasting peace and sustainable development in the country.

“But this harassment will not hamper our earnest desire to attain our mission of serving the people and securing the land,” he added.

According to reports, the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) has declared a unilateral ceasefire until Aug. 27, following the temporary release of Benito and Wilma Tiamzon so they could join the peace talks in Norway. PNA/northboundasia.com