THE Army's 2nd Infantry Division foiled what would have been the NPA’s third ceasefire violation in less than a week in Quezon province.
Two suspected NPA rebels left behind two anti-personnel mines and four blasting caps when they evaded soldiers belonging to the 1st Infantry Battalion who were implementing Real, Quezon’s curfew policy.
Lieutenant Colonel Jesus Diocton, Commanding Officer of 1IB, said "the incident took place at Bgy Llavac where a Quarantine Control Point in relation to COVID-19 is established.”
He added his soldiers were in the area “to protect the people from threats of NPA terrorists and serve as frontliners in containing the spread of corona virus.”
Per the military’s records, this is the NPA’s fourth ceasefire-related violation in Region 4A, with the first incident recorded in Bgy Puray, Rodriguez, Rizal on March 28.
Colonel Alex Rillera, Commander of the 202nd Brigade, said his soldiers manning the QCPs has taken a proactive and vigilant stance against possible offensive by the terrorists following the directive by Major General Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos Jr, 2 ID Commander,
He condemned “the communist terrorists’ desperate act of resorting to the use of land mines, just to inflict harm upon our soldiers and save face after a series of failed offensive posturings which resulted to multiple casualties on their side.”
Col Rillera ended by saying that the few remaining NPA terrorists’ recent actions are “reflections of the growing frustration within their ranks brought about by mistrust, hardship, hunger, leadership vacuum and the reality of a fast-eroding mass base support which they do not want to accept.