CAMP LUKBAN, CATBALOGAN CITY, SAMAR – More hardship befell the people of Balanginga, Eastern Samar as about 30 Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) swooped down on Sitio Bangon, Barangay Guinmayohan around 9:00 AM of April 7, 2020 and took away relief goods intended for the people.
According to witnesses who refused to be named due to fear, barangay officials were distributing relief packs to the needy families when an NPA group led by Gavino Guarino aka Mael summoned some of the barangay officials and forcibly took away some of the relief goods. The act of the NPA caused the shortage of relief package where some of the supposed beneficiaries were unable to receive their intended share.
Reports indicate that the CNTs are taking advantage of the COVID-19 crisis by locating relief distribution points where they can collect logistical supplies for themselves at the expense of the people.
It may be recalled that an armed skirmish occurred also on 07 April, 2020 in Barangay Lakandula, Las Navas Northern Samar when people reported to soldiers the house-to-house forced collection of foodstuff by the New People’s Army.
Colonel Camilo Z. Ligayo, Commander of 801st Infantry Brigade, condemned the unchristian act of the NPA saying “This is a time to help our people and not to add to their burden. What the New People’s Army did is pure robbery during the Holy Week. These terrorists who believe in no god robbed the poor people of their food in this time of Covid-19 crisis”.
“We condemn this dastardly act of the New People’s Army in Northern and Eastern Samar, and we assure our people that your soldiers will bring these criminals to justice. To the New People’s Army, stop oppressing the people!”, Ligayo concluded.