TALAKAG, Bukidnon, June 14 — Combat troops of the Philippine Army’s 1st Special Forces Battalion under 403rd Infantry (Peacemaker) Brigade discovered a cache of rice buried in a hilly countryside of Mahusay, Dominorog village, Talakag, Bukidnon.
Following accurate and timely information by civilians that platoons of Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) lurk in the backwoods, the government troops unearthed 45 plastic containers filled with rice—approximately 15 sacks—around 5am, Wednesday, June 6.
The informants, who are mostly poor farmers, confessed their fears and weariness on NPA terrorists’ endless extortions and threats.
The villagers also reported that the CPP-NPA terrorists are continually recruiting residents to join them in taking up arms against the government and become members of “Milisyang Bayan.”
The Milisyang Bayan members are tasked to provide supplies of food, medicines, and other necessities and carry these provisions to the mountains.
Reports showed that it was in the CPP-NPA terrorists’ order that the Milisyang Bayan should bury the said rice using 20-liter plastic water containers.
Brigadier General Eric C. Vinoya AFP, Commander of the 403rd Infantry Brigade, slammed the CPP-NPA terrorist leadership for maintaining food cache containing a huge amount of rice at the expense of hungry farmers.
In a statement, he emphasized the CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs) repeated violations in the provisions stipulated in International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) as they (CNTs) force civilians to become direct participants to hostilities and for constantly subjecting civilians to attacks and harassments.
“It is very unacceptable that CNTs leaders are engaged in lying and deception. They allow their minions on the ground to do such shameful and abusive acts like taking food from poor people’s table who could hardly survive a day. This is what terrorists are really good at,” said General Vinoya.
He further urged residents in CPP-NPA-affected communities to continue cooperating with the government troops to eradicate threats from these terror groups.
“With this incident in Talakag, Bukidnon, I am extending my appreciation to our people who are residing in CNT-affected areas. We encourage you to continue cooperating with your Philippine Army and our Local Government Units and together, we will work hand-in-hand to attain peace in your communities,” he added. (Capt. Norman M. Tagros, CMO, 403rd Infantry Brigade, 4ID, PA/PIA Bukidnon)
Source: PIA Feed