4 civilians killed in NPA ambush PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 02 December 2014 12:19

Army troops were on hot pursuit operation Monday against guerrillas of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) who ambushed and killed four civilians and wounded four others including and 8-year-old girl in Agusan province

Maj. Ezra Balagtey, spokesperson of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division, said soldiers from the 75th Infantry Battalion were dispatched to run after the perpetrators of what he described as “unprovoked attack.”

Balagtey said the NPA guerrillas who opened fire on a village ambulance carrying 15 people including eight children were identified as members of the NPA’s Guerrilla Front Committee (GFC) 14, which is known to operate in the provinces Agusan and Surigao Del Sur.

The command, according to Balagtey, is under Leonida Belarmino Sanchez a.k.a. Monik/Susay, Randy Dondon Subla a.k.a Nice, Ariel Conejar Ornales a.k.a. Charlie/Jorlan/Brylle and Renato Sayasat a.k.a. Friday.

He said the ambush was staged at Road 2, Marfil village, Rosario town, Agusan Del Sur around 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

Killed in the attack were Neljoy Cerna, 27; Noni Mabong, 51; Alfredo Cerna, 51 and Vanessa Sabas, 30.

Both Neljoy and Noni died on the spot while Cerna and Sabas died on arrival in a hospital.

Wounded were Liza Casilla, 47, Elmer Adonis, 37; Mae Roselyn Adonis, 8, and Emilio Solidor Jr.

Solidor, who is the village chief of Marfil, said told military and police investigators that they were homeward bound after attending a thanksgiving celebration at the Wayside Bible Baptist Church at Latay settlement, when village ambulance van was fired upon by some 20 NPA gunmen.

Agusan and Surigao are among provinces that are hotbeds of communist insurgency. The rest are South and North Davao, Bukidnon, South and North Zamboanga,  Western  and Eastern Misamis provinces.

Since March 1969, the NPA - the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines - has been waging one of Asia’s longest running insurgencies, which - according to the military - has claimed more than 3,000 lives in the last eight years alone.

After some 10 years of relative silence, the communist group resurfaced mid-2000 staging deadly ambushes against army soldiers and policemen, and resuming a fund-raising campaign by collecting “revolutionary tax” on businessmen and politicians.