May 9, 2013 NPA Tactical Offensive Against 49th Infantry Battalion

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. 

Always seizing the initiative, red commanders of the NPA-Camarines Sur immediately plan to carry out a tactical offensive upon learning of the 49th IB's presence at Brgy. Agao-ao in Ragay, on May 6, 2013. Precise intel data was offered by the people so that these may be used in punishing the murderous 49th IB.

The army of the poor intent on taking directives from their commanders so as to effectively carry out orders in rendering heavy blows against the 49th IB. On February 2012, 49th IB soldiers killed two boys and their father, and gravely wounded their sister, in a case known as the Mancera Massacre. Months later, a vital witness to the Mancera case was likewise extra-judicially killed by 49th IB soldiers.

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.

May 9, 2013; 4:05 am. After having taken hold of enemy position, an NPA red commander gives orders to secure a crucial portion of the school grounds. The 49th IB has stationed its troopers in Brgy. Agao-ao's elementary school, in flagrant violation of the Comprehensive Agreement for the Respect of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL).

Among the confiscated materiel were 3 high-powered rifles, ammo pouches with more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition, a HARRIS VHF radio, a GPS receiver, 12 military packs, and numerous other equipment that would augment the NPA's capability to defend the people and launch tactical offensives against the enemy.

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.