On May 6, 2013, soldiers from the Philippine Army's 49th Infantry Battalion, together with CAFGU paramilitaries, positioned themselves in Agao-ao Elementary School in Ragay, Camarines Sur, under the pretense of providing security for the May 10 elections.
As is the Armed Forces of the Philippines' practice in its operations, the military's occupation of civilian structures grossly violates the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law signed between the Government of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines.
For three days, villagers constantly reported to the New People's Army the military's activities and locations. The comrades saw this as an opportunity to punish the 49th IB for its crimes, and a plan for a strike operation was laid.
On May 8, shortly after 2 pm, the guerrillas of the Eduardo Olbara Command-NPA Camarines Sur started marching towards the barrio center, unbeknownst to the 49th IB. The red fighters held their position a few kilometers nearby and waited for night to come. The people's army would attack before dawn.
May 9, 2013; 4:05 am. The NPA's offensive was swift and precise. In just 10 minutes, the comrades were able to take hold of enemy position. The NPA's pre-dawn surprise offensive had the 49th IB scamper in retreat. Also, because of detailed intelligence data, the building which houses a village watchman and the Commission on Elections' PCOS machine was not targetted.
|The people's militia, part-time fighters of the NPA, likewise participate in the intricate design of the tactical offensive.|
|May 8, 2013; 2 pm. Red fighters of the Eduardo Olbara Command-NPA Camarines Sur huddle in wait for the order to commence marching towards enemy position.|
|The comrades survey one of the numerous mountains which they had to scale in their march towards the barrio center of Brgy. Agao-ao, where a platoon of 49th IB soldiers and CAFGU elements are stationed.|
|In the NPA, confiscated equipment from the enemy are centralized, before being designated by the military leadership to the proper comrades. This ensures the balance in the fighting capacities of the units.|