On May 30, 2013 at 6 A.M., soldiers from the 41st IB’s Bravo Coy chanced upon an NPA unit and fired upon the NPA sentry. A firefight ensued, with the NPA guerrillas retreating for safety, as the soldiers had the initial advantage. At 10 A.M. the NPA unit and the soldiers again clashed, now with the NPA gaining advantage, as they mounted a hasty ambush on the pursuing soldiers of the Bravo Coy, 41st IB.
The 2 incidents left three (3) soldiers killed, with undetermined number still wounded. The NPA guerrillas retreated safely. The 2 firefights took place at Mabolo, Gacab, Malibcong, Abra.
The AFP is now undertaking a mad pursuit operation, indiscriminately bombing several areas in Malibcong Municipality. At 2P.M. on May 30, 2013, bombs were dropped in Gacab and Duldulao. At 7 A.M. today, May 31, 2013, helicopters bombed farmlands in Paoay, Umnap, Bangilo. At 9:05 A.M. a bomb also exploded in farmlands Barangay Lat-ey, 150 meters away from the community Micro-Hydro Power Plant, and only 40 meters away from 2 teenage girls who suffered warshock due to the incident. A bomb was also dropped in nearby Sitio Alligang, Barangay Lat-ey, Bangilo, Abra but failed to explode.
The NPA, with the full support of the people, will definitely frustrate the current AFP offensive in North Abra. The people will rise-up against the fascist AFP. Surely, the 503rd Brigade is hellbent in “clearing” North Abra, to ensure easier entry of large-scale mining companies.