By DPAO, 8ID PA
March 10, 2016
ORAS, Eastern Samar – The 14th Infantry (Avenger) Battalion, Philippine Army and the peace loving populace of Balangkayan strongly condemn the recent attack by the New People’s Army at the Municipal Police Station in Balangkayan, Eastern Samar last March 7, 2016.
Avenger troopers uphold the rights of Balangkayanon during a peace dialogue with local officials and residents wherein they expressed disappointment against the violence and cruelty of the NPA such as the hijack of two Duptours Vans prior to the attack, ransack of the Balangkayan MPS and carting away of nine (9) M16 Rifles, one (1) shotgun, four (4) 9mm pistols and other important documents.
Lt. Col. Ronie T Ebarita, commanding officer, 14th Infantry Battalion said that the acts of the NPA clearly show their utter disregard of human lives and concern of the welfare of the local populace despite the efforts of the government to uplift the well being of the people of Balangkayan thru sustained development.
“These NPAs are in desperate mode of projecting themselves as strong force to extort, intimidate, and harm both civilians and government forces especially that the national and local elections are fast approaching.”
“We assure you that your professional soldiers together with the PNP will impose the full force of the law to achieve justice. However, we urge you to denounce these acts of the NPA and support the efforts of the government by providing us information that would lead to the arrest of the perpetrators and bring them to justice, Ebarita added.