MANILA — In the mountainous area of Macupa, Talisayan in Misamis Oriental, an armed encounter between a unit of the New People’s Army (NPA) and soldiers from the 58th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army, took place at 9:30 in the morning of Feb 23. The Army is in the area reportedly gearing up for combat operations. The NPA unit said they “confiscated” five high-powered rifles and other equipment from the army. Two army soldiers died in the firefight.
A red fighter reportedly gave his life to help his comrades withdraw to safety. The NPA in Misamis Oriental saluted their “fallen comrade,” saying this is unfortunately one of the sacrifices in the struggle. They cite the red fighter’s “inspiring example” and expressed confidence that the people’s movement will go on and that “the mass struggle will persist.”
Speaking for the NPA in Misamis Oriental, Nicholas Marino said the Filipino revolutionary fighters will continue to call and fight for the interest of the masses of Filipinos from the mouth of their guns.
“The efforts of the martyrs of the revolution will not go to waste,” said Marino. He explained that despite the sacrifices inherent in the revolutionary struggle, “Only through this struggle can all of us be ultimately saved.”