MABINI, Compostela Valley – The New People’s Army (NPA), the military wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), had ambushed three government military troopers, including a Boholano junior officer, reports said. Lt. Ronald Bautista, a junior officer and member of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) 2011 class and his two companions were waylaid in this town, Compostela Valley province in Mindanao, on December 29, 2014. Bautista “was supposed to see his family in a reunion in his hometown in Bohol” but went home in a coffin, report said. His other companions are identified as Pfc. Albert Amor and civilian armed auxiliary member Renel Baluca, the report said.
Military officials said that the three all members of the Army’s 71st Infantry Battalion (IB), had just came down from the hinterland of Mabini town to take their New Year’s break when they were murdered in cold blood by the NPA.”
“Bautista was expected by his family in Inabanga, Bohol after calling his mother, Chona, informing her he is coming home for a reunion, bringing gifts for his parents and seven siblings,” the report said.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines has denounced the attack of their men and went on accusing the NPA for violation of suspension of offensive military operation (SOMO) during Christmas season.
December 18, 2014 to January 19, 2015 has been declared a “unilateral ceasefire” while the CPP-NPA declared it own SOMO on Dec. 24 to Dec. 26; Dec. 31 to Jan. 1 and on Jan. 15 to 19, or during the visit of Pope Francis in the country.
“This ceasefire declaration is also being issued in deference to the upcoming visit of Roman Catholic patriarch Pope Francis which the Filipino people look forward to as an opportunity for religious celebration and to raise outstanding issues,” the website of National Democratic Front, its political arm, said.
CPP has just celebrated its 46th anniversary on Dec. 26, 2014, the report said.
Meanwhile, Jose Maria Sison, founding chairman of the CPP) is still hopeful of “meeting with President Benigno Aquino III to jump-start peace talks with the government, a confidence-building measure reminiscent of the Chief Executive’s secret meeting with Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chief Murad Ebrahim,” Philippine Daily Inquirer reported.