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Bi-ao ambush part of rebels plan for election extortion

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – The ambush on a police team in the upland village of Bi-ao in Binalbagan town is part of the extortion activities of the Communist New People’s Army for the May 2022 polls.

Army Brigadier General Innocencio Pasaporte told DNX the incident happened about a month after the NPA issued a reminder for candidates in Negros that their units still operate in the countrysides and that they have controlled territories.

Pasaporte said it is apparent that the attack on the police, what rebels call a “tactical offensive,” is part of the rebels propaganda to make it appear that they are still a force to reckon with.

He also said that the rebels want to intimidate the residents and could have done it as a diversion though he did not elaborate on this.

The ambush in the sub-village of Candida on Valentine’s eve, 13 February 2022 led to the wounding of three policemen, and a civilian.

The police unit went to the area to probe a murder they now believe to have been done by the rebels to lure them to the place.

Julius D. Mariveles
Julius D. Mariveles
An amateur cook who has a mean version of humba, the author has recently tried to make mole negra, the Mexican sauce he learned by watching shows of master chef Rick Bayless. A journalist since 19, he has worked in the newsrooms of radio, local papers, and Manila-based news organizations. A stroke survivor, he now serves as executive editor of DNX.


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