Night of Cruel Bombing in Misamis Occidental, Zamboanga del Sur, Mati Towns

7 May 2018

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) condemns the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) 1st Infantry Division for mounting a cruel night of bombing in Zamboanga del Sur, Misamis Occidental and Mati towns forcing people to leave their homes out of fear.

On April 26, the 1st ID AFP dropped 38 bombs in the coastal towns of Sinacaban and Jimenez in Misamis Occidental in a cruel bombing raid conducted from nine in the evening to around four in the morning the following day.

At one in the morning of April 27, the AFP also dropped several bombs in Dapiwak and other populated villages of Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur. This bombing run was carried out following an encounter between elements of the 1st ID in Barangay Saad, Dumingag at 2 p.m. of April 26 where three AFP soldiers were killed and several others wounded.

An undetermined number of families have been forced to evacuate amidst fear of the campaign of terror being conducted by the AFP. Under martial law, the 1st ID has been carrying out intensified military operations across Misamis Occidental and the Zamboanga provinces.

On the same night, forces of the 28th IB under the 10th ID launched artillery fire against the populated barangays of San Isidro and Likop in Mati town. Bombs rained at 5-7 p.m. and 9-12 p.m. forcing at least fifty famili(es to evacuate. The artillery attack against the civilians villages was mounted a few hours after an NPA ambush in the adjacent town of Lupon.

Using images of the destruction of Marawi City, the AFP has been conducting aerial bombardment campaigns around Mindanao and across the country in a vain attempt to instill fear among the people.

Information Bureau
Communist Party of the Philippines
May 7, 2018