NPA incinerates Glencore-Xstrata SMI container vans, seizes firearms in southern Mindanao offensives

NPA launches tactical offensives to protect national patrimony, fight against enemy’s sustained military operations

Commander, NPA Valentin Palamine Command
NPA Far South Mindanao Regional Operations Command

Company-sized guerrillas belonging to the Mt. Alip Command under the Valentin Palamine Command-Far Southern Mindanao Regional Operations Command of the New People’s Army launched simultaneous tactical offensives against Glencore-Xstrata SMI mining company and the South Davao Development Company Inc. (SDDCI), a mining firm owned by the Consunji’s.

The NPAs burned 48 container vans which were used as offices at the SMI pioneering camp in Sitio Gumatikura, Barangay (village) Kimlawis, Kiblawan town, in Davao del Sur province, at 5:30 am last 19 May 2014. An hour later, another group of NPA fighters garbed in enemy uniforms took control without firing a single shot of the SDDCI mining camp in Sitio Salnaong, Barangay Datal Blau, Columbio town, in Sultan Kudarat province. Confiscated from the security guards belonging to the Cavalier security agency were 13 shotgun rifles, four VHF radios, one GPS radio and one laptop computer.

The latest NPA tactical offensive is part of the intensification of revolutionary armed struggle and counter-offensives to defeat the 10th Infantry Division-Eastern Mindanao Command’s sustained military operations in Davao Del Sur, North Cotabato, South Cotabato, and other areas in Socksargen.

The punitive action is also a continuing enforcement of the policy of the People’s Democratic Government to defend national patrimony by opposing operations of foreign large-scale mining companies like Glencore Xstrata-SMI (Sagittarius Mines, Inc.), considered to be one of the world’s biggest mining firms. SMI is the local operator of the Tampakan Mines in South Cotabato, the country’s largest mining investment.

The NPA’s tactical offensives will continue to attack large-scale mining firms that are responsible for open pit mining and other environmentally destructive operations. Failure by the US-Aquino regime to guarantee the safety of the masses against floods, landslides, and other disasters as a result of big mining operations has made the NPA’s punitive actions more effective in truly protecting the environment. The regime’s sweet policy towards environmental plunderers like Glencore and SDDCI, and the acceleration of mining extraction in the country’s remaining natural resources invigorate the NPA and the revolutionary movement to further intensify the people’s war.