Communist leader says Butuan clash was a mis-encounter between gov’t forces


DAVAO CITY, Philippines—A communist rebel leader in Mindanao has called for a civilian probe into the so-called “Good Friday ambush” in Butuan City which the military has blamed on the New People’s Army but which he claimed was really a “mis-encounter”  between government forces.

In an earlier statement, the military’s  4th Infantry Division based in Cagayan de Oro City said a militiaman was killed when some 15 NPA rebels fired on security forces deployed to ensure the safety of some 5,000 Catholic faithful  doing the Stations of the Cross in the village of Anticala about 5 a.m. Friday.

Lieutenant Colonel Eugenio Osias IV, division, said the security forces returned fire and engaged the rebels in a 10-minute firefight.

“There were no civilian casualties,”  he said, adding that the rebels had fled and were being pursued by troops.

A military field report said that the civilians who participated in the religious event, “including Agusan del Norte Representative Jose Aquino II,” were “trapped”  for nearly six hours as soldiers “chased”  the fleeing rebels.

The incident, which coincided with the NPA’s 44th anniversary, enraged Catholics in Butuan City, with the priest who officiated the religious rites condemning the NPA “for disrespecting the event.”

“Why did they attack us? This has nothing to do with their fight,” said Fr. Joesilo Amalla, parish priest at the St Joseph Cathedral.

But Jorge Madlos, spokesperson of the National Democratic Front in Mindanao, said he believed the incident was actually a “mis-encounter”  among soldiers, militiamen and policemen deployed to secure the event.

He said the area where the alleged NPA ambush took place was very close to the camp of the Army’s Special Forces, making it difficult for the NPA to launch any attack.

The NPA could not have carried out the attack, Madlos said, because there was nothing to be gained as it was a religious event and a backlash would be serious.

“I called up our field commanders and they said did not deploy any force in the area. I think it’s a mis-encounter between the Special Forces of the Philippine Army, the militiamen and the policemen,” said Madlos, who is also known as Ka Oris.

He said in order to settle the issue, an investigation should be conducted.

“I would suggest that a fact-finding mission involving religious groups, the local government and non-government-organizations be conducted so we could determine what really happened,”  Madlos added.

Osias said the military expected the communist rebels to make a denial “as they were used to making” such denials.


Dr. Naty Castro, secretary general of Karapatan in the Caraga region, agreed that only an “impartial civilian investigation” could shed light on the  incident.

“The alleged encounter between the PNP/AFP and the NPA in Iyao, Brgy. Anticala, Butuan City must be thoroughly investigated in an impartial civilian mission to verify the conflicting statements regarding the incident from both sides,”  Castro said in a statement issued on Saturday.

She said Karapatan was willing to take part in the investigation “to help in clarifying this matter.”

“Only an impartial investigation by civilian authorities with the cooperation of [civil society organizations] can make the accusations of breach of rules of engagement clarified. Erring forces should be reprimanded and asked to account for their actions. This is the only way that the Butuan City public can be assured that no such incident will occur in the immediate and long-term future,”  Castro said.

Originally posted: 7:46 am | Saturday, March 30th, 2013

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  • $26606290

    Ipako sa krus ang mga NPA na yan. Unahin nyo yung mga lider sa Manila.

  • Billy Moreno

    palusot pa ang mga hayop na NPA na yan. Mga SALOT sa lipunan!!!

    • digital link

      dapat buhayin at suportahan ulit ang Alsa-Masa sa Davao para ubusin yang mga kumunistang iyan …

  • SMEjhong

    respect is what we all need…NPA fvck you all!..

  • dexter ngayan

    Why does this have to happen during holy week? Wala na ba silang diyos?

    • Carlos_Iho

      kelan pa nagkaroon ng diyos ang mga kumunista? They only believe in themselves. A lost cause which has gone down to banditry and terrorism.

  • digital link

    unahing tirahin ang mag hardcore ng npa tulad ni sison sa netherlands, yong mga negotiators nila sa NDF at yong mga liders tulad ni madlos pero bigyan ng pang-unawa ang mga ordinaryong npa na na brain-washed lang … NPA – salot ng bayan!

  • james rapon

    nge..! palusot lang kayo dahil sa backlash ng mga tao. the truth is you do not believe in God nor respect for our culture. You better go back to China — your great patron

  • zeroko

    shoot anyone that moves!

  • alikabok357

    Ano ba yan? Mas credible pa ba ang statement ng mga NPA para ilathala na balita? Halata naman na palusot lang statement pinalusot pa rin. Is the media too naive to perceive this propaganda or being used unwittingly (or wittingly?) by the left?

  • $16638896

    mga hinayupak kyo!

  • ryq24

    Yeah! Right!

  • wawa2172

    Misencounter, I guess its just an alibi for the NPA for doing misdeeds to the people. While the people are observing the lent, the NPA is busy killing people whose job is to make the observance of the holy days a peaceful one. Communist do not respect god and they hate religion. They must have felt the backlash from the community and they are issuing the alibi. The devil may care, the NPA are not for the people but add misery to helpless and unprotected. Who care about life? Not with the NPA who do no fear god, more so with the people.

  • brando alejandro

    Gen. Palparan where are you sir? Tooth for a tooth!

    Not worthy to call the attention of Etta Rosales of CHR. You will never hear from her.

  • vinsnax

    Over the years, the NPA has evolved from revolutionaries to bandits and terrorists.

    • Vlad D. Impaler

      no different from atimonan police

    • Alexalbert Mistisma

      Sorry, better NPA that scalawags police and soldiers

      • Paitoonn Charoenkrung

        hahaha, NPA can never be better with their continues killings and continous revolutionary taxes in the villages under their control. How many poor famers they killed because they could not pay revolutionary taxes

  • Atawid

    Very deafening ang Commission on Human Rights or Baka and CHR ay Communism on Human Rights

  • banana na

    dati, nag-aaral pa ako ay bumibili ako ng candy or newspapers sa isang vendor stand malapit sa amin…mabait naman ang owner na ito sa akin, sa akin ay kung pwede ay meet new friend habang may chance, pagtagal-tagal ang pag-uusap namin kasi nga everyday ako bumibili ng dyaryo sa kanya ang nagiging topic niya ay against the government at magaling siya sa debates kung bakit ayaw niya sa isang democracy government at ang US GOVERNMENT doon ko nalaman na may pagka-left siya, isang araw, nabanggit niya na may relatives siya na pupunta sa US, ang sabi ko naman sa kanya, bakit sila pupunta sa US para mag-work, diba, galit na galit ka sa US GOVERNMENT, natahimik siya, sabi niya ay hanap-buhay naman kaya pupunta ang relatives niya sa US, di na ako nag-response sa politics talk sa kanya kasi nga para di mag-tampo sa akin…ang mahalaga naman sa akin ay mag-kaibigan pa rin kami maski di ako sang-ayon sa politic talks sa kanya…i think nag-aral yata siya sa PUP at UP..ang natitira na lang na PURE COMMUNISM ay ang N. KOREA na lang sa mundo nito…dapat si MR. SISON, tumira doon hindi sa NETHERLAND na democratic country…diba, ayaw niya ng isang democracy na bansa…hirap intindihin naman ang mga tao nito, gustong-gusto maging leader ng NPA, habang siya nagpapaka-sarap sa ibang bansa, yun mga ordinaryong NPA ay nag-hihirap sa bundok…

  • Carlos_Iho

    Communism is founded on lies, savagery and terrorism.

  • Manuel_II

    Another lies of the Communist Pigs!!!

  • Alexander Barreda Young

    MISENCOUNTER? baka ang totoo nyan ay mga bobo na ang mga field people ng NPA kaya nang mka tiyempo ng mga government troops ay binanatan agad?yan lng naman habol ng mga yan eh…kahit ano pa sabihin,ang mentality ng mga yan ay akala nila nananalo sila tuwing may napapatay na tropa…MALI tuwing may napapatay kayo,nadadagdagan ang mga ordinaryong tao na tulad ko na nagagalit sa inyo…

    akala nyo ba marami kayong taga suporta ngayon?tingnan nyo ang impluwensya nyo ngayon…halos sa mga walang pinag aralan na lang kayo may dating…dinagdagan pa ng sarili nyong kabobohan ayan BACKLASH na yan…maghanap kayo ng mas magaling na alibi…gaya ng….ARMADO ANG MGA DEBOTO KAYA BINANATAN NAMIN…PERO INUNA NAMIN ANG NAKA UNIPORME…

    o baka naman hindi na kayo maka isip ng matino dahil sa gutom?wahahahahaha kawawa naman kayo…STRIKE LAND NA…DEAD HUNGRY PA…


    “The NPA could not have carried out the attack, Madlos said, because there was nothing to be gained as it was a religious event and a backlash would be serious.”

    The NPA doesn’t need any compelling reason to conduct attacks on soft targets other than to intimidate civilians and to show that they’re still relevant and a force to reckon with. They just want the extortion money to keep coming. Remember the La Castillana massacre of 8 civilians and the attack on Del Monte in Bukidnon which resulted to the death of a civilian and injury to 2 others? Walang mga kalaban-laban ang mga iyon at ano itong pinagagawa ng mga tamad at walang kwentang NPA? They killed those 8 civilians in Negros execution style one after the other at iyong guardia ng Del Monte na revolver lang ang dala ay ginagawang target practice ng may dalang mahahabang mga NPA. Tsk tsk tsk. That’s why all of us peace loving Filipinos should stay the course: No to Teddy Casiño and the party list groups of the left whose candidacies are financed by blood money.

  • Azniro Onaici

    What, misencounter when two militia men died from the firing of the communist Godless side? Ok, the communists want to do investigation; is it necessary? If indeed it will be implemented, these communists who are allied to Chinese bully, will certainly terrorize the people in the community if the people will not cooperate with them.

  • $5699914

    Paging Etta Rosales of CHR, nakabibingi ang katahimikan mi ukol sa mga ginagawa ng mga NPA (kakosa mo?) laban sa mga sibilyan!

  • general’s daughter


  • Alexalbert Mistisma

    The place they visited to is a REBEL infested area…

    No doubt, there will be encounter…

    Catholics should be aware in that area…

  • WoBushi

    The long and short of it, NPAs are also Filipinos. Like many in the gene pool, they cannot be trusted. NPA or government soldiers, what’s the big difference? They are all liars, and to lie is the big business. Let’s face it, insurgency breeds on both sides; a vicious revolving door. Change the mind first.

  • JosengSisiw1

    misencounter or miscalculation?

  • Komen To

    Butuan clash is the real image of the atrocities of NPA’s disregard for the people’s way of life. Remember the encounter after the devastating typhoon in Mindanao? I don’t see any principled fight here, but rather a bandits’ form of anarchy

  • m1600

    Heeehe palusot pa kayo mga Kriminal na NPA salot talaga kayo ng Bayan wag ng makialam ang KARAPATAN alam naman ng lahat na FRONT kayo ng CPP/NPA.

  • m1600

    Asan na ba si Gen Palaparan ubusin mo na ang mga salot na NPA.

  • m1600

    basahin nyo yung kabilang article ng INq MAG ASAWA NA YUNG BABAE 7 BUWANG NA BUNTIS pinaslang ng mga walang kaluluwa ng NPA sa Catanduanes papano maniniwala sa mga kasinungalingan nyo pati buntis na 7 buwan pinaslang ng mga salot na NPA.

  • Komen To

    Looks like the komisyon ng human rights is only after the military killings, but never on the killings by bandits. Tahimik sila

  • Paitoonn Charoenkrung

    These communists should have no place in the modern and becoming prosperous Philippines. As the military acquire modern arms, they should deciminate these communists just like any other ASEAN democratic countries. The military should declare an all out war against the communists just like What Thailand did decades ago. Philippines is the only democratic country in Asia where the communists is still thriving. They are the hindrance for the development in Mindanao. They should be decimated at all cost

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