FORT BONIFACIO, Metro Manila – The Commanding General Philippine Army, Lt. Gen. Gilbert I. Gapay recognizes the sense of duty and sacrifice of the troops who were ambushed by New People’s Army terrorists in Labo, Camarines Norte last December 23.
The troops belonging to the 92nd Division Reconnaissance Company were on their way back to their base in observance of the Suspension of Military Operations that has just been declared at midnight of December 22.
The CGPA also condemns the use of landmine in the attack that left one soldier dead and six others wounded which was a violation of the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law and also goes against the just-issued ceasefire in connection with the resumption of the peace talks between the government and the Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army (CPP-NPA). Less than an hour after the ambush in Camarines Norte, another attack by NPA terrorists were carried out on a police patrol vehicle, wounding a police personnel and a soldier in Tubungan, Iloilo.
“We are one with the government and the people’s desire to a just and lasting peace in the entire country. In light of this development, other means of peaceful resolution such as localized peace talks need to be considered. We just hope that the CPP-NPA will not miss this opportunity by staging these senseless attacks, especially during a time when the nation celebrates the season of love, peace and unity,” said Gapay.