50th INFANTRY PINNED DOWN IN ABRA
By: Mark Cua
50th Infantry Battalion Stationed in Baclingayan, Tubo, Abra was badly pinned down causing several injured and several are dead among the ranks of the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines).
There are no casualties among the NPA (New People's Army) and 3 were dead on the ranks of the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines). Wide scale combat had been done by the 50th Infantry Battalion amidst the ceasefire ordered by the CPP-NPA (Communist Party of the Philippines) in Visayas.
After being shot, AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) soldiers held hostage 2 Civilians hands tied behind their back. Several Residents including 2 minors and a foreigner were traumatized and threatened at gunpoint by the soldiers of the 50th Infantry Battalion driving them away from their places and work places since the militarization of Sagada, Baseo, Sadangga, and Bontoc.
50th Infantry Battalion was commanded by Lt Colonel Richard Sibayan and RPSB CAR Superintendent Benjamin Magalong. Along with the superiors of 503rd Brigade and 5th Infantry Brigade.
The purpose of the MIlitarization was to protect the large mining company operating in Cordilerras Mountains and to suppress the people from protesting and moving against the Mining Company which is benefiting them with money and others.
The Mayors and Local Government in Mountain Province signed a MOA (Memorandum of Agreement) which licensed Military and police to conduct military operation and Civilian Authority over impunity of the Philippine Democratic Government.
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