NPA rebels kill 3 soldiers PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 08 March 2015 14:51

Troops on Saturday launched a pursuit operation against communist insurgents who shot and killed two unarmed soldiers of the Army’s 26th Infantry Battalion Friday morning in Agusan Del Sur, one of at least six provinces where the New People’s Army operates in Mindanao.

1st Lt. Krisnen Peter Sarsagat, 26th Infantry Battalion civil-military operations officer, told the state-run Philippines News Agency (PNA), the two slain soldiers had just finished their “peace and development work” and were headed back to  headquarters in Tacalogon town to get their subsistence allowance when they were gunned down around 8:20 a.m. by five NPA rebels belonging to the Guerrilla Front Committee 88, North Eastern Mindanao Regional Command.

The two soldiers, on board a motorcycle, died on the spot.

Upon learning of the killing,  Lt. Col. Rolando Dumawa, 26th Infantry Battalion commander, dispatched troops to run after the perpetrators and retrieve the remains of the two.

The remains of the two soldiers were brought to a funeral home in Agusan Del Sur.

Another army soldier was killed in a clash with NPA guerrillas in the province of Zamboanga del Sur.

Capt. Franco Suelto, 1st Infantry Divsion spokesperson told Anadolu Agency that the soldier belonging to 10th the Infantry Battalion was killed in a gunbattle with undetermined number of NPA rebels in Bayog town Wednesday.

Suelto said a platoon from the 10th Infantry Battalion was conducting routine security patrol when they encountered a New People’s Army (NPA) group reportedly belonging to the remnants of Section Committee Feliciano Alpha.

An hour long gun-battle ensued in the morning resulting after which soldiers discovered a temporary encampment and recovery of subversive documents.

Suelto said the rebels retreated after sustaining an undetermined number of casualties.

A reinforcement was sent to help the 26th IB soldiers who continued the pursuit operations until Friday.

“The NPA location is deep in the forested areas of the provincial boundary between Zamboanga Del Sur and Zamboanga Del Norte (provinces.  This is a clear indication that they are encamping in unhabitable areas because they already loss the support of the local populace in their traditional areas due to continuous ‘Bayanihan’ (peace and development) activities. The NPAs in Zamboanga del Sur are now tired and facing hardship on continuous evasion of military troops,” Suelto said.