5 killed, 20 hurt in Basilan ambush PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 July 2012 15:47

Five persons, including an escorting militia man, were killed and 20 others wounded as Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) bandits ambushed rubber plantation workers who were on their way to work at the Tumajubong Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Development Council (TARBIDC) in Sumisip, Basilan Wednesday morning.

Capt. Albert Caber, 1st Infantry Division spokesperson, said the incident took place around 6 a.m.

He said the workers and their militia escorts were on-board the TARBIDC service vehicle and passing through the area of Barangay Sapah Bulak when 10 heavily-armed ASG men, appeared out of nowhere, and opened fire on the group.

Plantation workers killed in the firefight were identified as Dante Binondo; Bonifacio Esteqiua; Albert Parang and Loreto Jeneney Jr., and militiaman Larry Mangahan Sr.

Wounded were Leo Pacure and Adjad Lidjaman, both militia men, and rubber plantation workers Padlio Felessimo; Roseller Timtim; Armando Polonio; Puguy Juanito; Rey Sundung; Elmer Limbin; Rogelio Mata Jr.; Marlon Pungutan; Dante Jeminez; Allan Pascua; Junie Aligay; Jolly Lipapa; Renevier Rabacca; Robert Payusan; Juniver Motocan; Bonifacio Dagodog; Dennis Donaire; and Roniel Limbim.

Caber said that casualties would have been higher had the escorting militia men failed to put up a stiff fight.

He also said that troopers from the 17th and 20th Special Forces Companies were conducting pursuit operations against the ASG men.

Caber declined to give the motives for the attack but said police were eyeing the extortion angle as a possible angle in the ambush.