From the Manila Bulletin (Feb 15): Soldier killed in NPA ambush
A soldier was killed on Friday after suspected New People’s Army rebels waylaid patrolling soldiers securing a government road project in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato.
1Lt. Abel Porto, 27th Infantry Battalion commander, said some 30 NPA guerillas fired at a team of soldiers who were conducting clearing operations on a road project in a hinterland village of Sitio Colobong, Barangay Lamfugon in Lake Sebu town.
The soldier who was killed was identified as Pfc. Jhoemer Ramos.
Lt. Col. Shalimar Imperial, 27th IB commander, had deployed additional troops to track down the rebels.
“The NPA rebels will just conceal their firearms and mingle with local residents so that the military could not easily detect their identities,” Imperial said.