The New People’s Army mounted successive attacks on various units of the Armed Forces of the Philippines across the country in early October, killing at least 12 AFP soldiers and injuring several others. The NPA targeted ‘the most notorious’ AFP units terrorizing Philippine rural communities.

In the province of Surigao del Sur, in southern Philippines, three AFP soldiers were killed and one was injured when NPA Red fighters ambushed elements of the AFP 75th Infantry Battalion in Mahaba village, Marihatag town, in the early morning hours of 6 October. The AFP were aboard three motorcycles when the NPA fired at them.

In Masbate, central Philippines, the NPA ambushed elements of an AFP paramilitary unit travelling along Mambog and Buenaflor villages in Dimasalang town on 7 October. One soldier was killed and another was injured. The paramilitaries were motoring from the AFP 2nd Infantry Battalion detachment in Palanas town when they were ambushed.

In Albay province, the NPA ambushed a 16-man unit of the AFP 49th Infantry Battalion Bagacay village, Jovellar town on 3 October. Seven AFP soldiers were killed in the ambush. The next day, another body was found at the scene of the incident while two were seriously injured.

On 12 October, the NPA launched a sniping operation against operating troops of the AFP 62nd Infantry Battalion in Guba village, Villahermoso town, in Negros Oriental province. One soldier was confirmed killed.

Earlier, on 24 September, the NPA-Central Negros reported the killing of AFP paramilitary operative Joselito Raboy by an NPA partisan unit. Raboy was responsible for the massacre of the Jacolbe family, including the pregnant Cristina Jacolbe, her 16-year old daughter Everly Kee and Rodan Montero, on 26 July in Guihulngan City.

Also in Negros Island, the NPA Leonardo Panganiban Command reported a sniping operation against a Philippine National Police station in Trinidad village, Guihulngan City, on 9 September, killing a police officer.