3 unarmed gov’t troops shot dead by NPA rebs PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 30 December 2014 11:09

Communist rebels shot and killed two unarmed army soldiers and one militia volunteer  in Compostela Valley Monday morning.

The shooting happened amid a ceasefire declared by the communist New People’s Army which is supposed to take effect the entire yuletide season up to the scheduled visit of Pope Francis in the Philippines in January.

1st Lt. Vergel Lacambra, spokesperson of the army’s 10th Infantry Division, said that the two of the soldiers were from the 71st Infantry Battalion while the other is a militiaman assigned to the unit.

Lacambra said all three were in civilian clothes and aboard a motorcycle, heading  for the village of Anitapan for their Christmas break, eight rebels opened fire on  around 9:45 a.m. in Mabini town.

All three sustained multiple gunshot wounds.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has been observing the month-long suspension of military operations since midnight of Dec. 19 and has consequently shifted to community services until the end of the truce midnight Jan. 19, 2015.

On the other hand, the rebels declared a truce on Dec. 24, 25 and 26 and 31; January 1, 2015 and during Pope Francis’ visit on January 15-19, 2015.

“The continued banditry attacks disproves the sugar-coated statements of the Communist Party of the Philippines-NPA. They claim that they are pursuing peace but their actions clearly contradict what they are saying,” 10th Infantry Division commander Major Gen. Eduardo M. Año said in statement.

“We sympathize with the bereaved families of the slain soldiers and will exert all efforts to bring to justice those responsible for this merciless, treacherous crime,” he added.