The Agustin Begnalen Command-NPA Abra said it has nothing to do with the early morning gun battle that left two CAFGU members dead in a patrol base in Sallapadan town and attributed the incident to infighting among the government forces.
“May your kingdom come; may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” – Matthew 6:10
Rebel leaders in the Cordillera said the government would fail with its plan to make the region as a model of the “whole of nation” approach in ending the communist armed revolution. They also called on guerilla units of the NPA to launch more offensives to counter Oplan Kapanatagan.
The family of journalist and rights activist Brandon Lee expressed worries about his safety and the impartiality of the ongoing investigation. They also voiced disbelief on the military’s denial of its involvement in the shooting nor its claim of having a “harmonious relationship” with the victim.
The governor of Benguet province sees the legalization of pocket mining though the Minahang Bayan is beneficial to the environment since this ensures the government’s monitoring and regulation of the mining-related activities.
Suspected New People’s Army guerillas attacked a detachment in Sallapadan, Abra on the morning of August 15 killing two paramilitary members.
In an interview in 2018, during the International Solidarity Mission in Ifugao, Bandon Lee made it clear that state agents and their minions are the only ones that have the motive to inflict harm to him and members of the Ifugao Peasant Movement. Meanwhile, the 5th Infantry Division and its 54th Infantry Division have recently made a statement calling the accusations of Brandon Lee’s colleagues on the military’s involvement in the shooting as “devoid of logic and factual basis”. Here is part of that interview.
New People Army rebels operating in Ifugao denied that the four individuals presented by the military as rebel returnees during the Independence Day commemoration in the province are their comrades, and called the incident a “desperate effort” of the military to present the rebel movement in the province as “weak” and “losing the support of the people.”
Leaders of the Muslim community gave roses to churchgoers and stood outside the Baguio Cathedral to assure the public that terrorism has no religion and it has no place in the city.
A truck turned upside-down along the section of Kenon Road on August 9 killing a teenager and injuring two adults.
The Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MDRRMC) of Bucloc, Abra rescued six families on August 10 after a tornado destroyed their homes at Barangay Labaan in the afternoon.
International groups condemned and expressed concern on the intensified attacks against activists after the recent shooting of local journalist and paralegal volunteer Brandon Lee by unidentified gunmen in Lagawe, Ifugao.