From the Philippine News Agency (May 1): 3 soldiers killed, one hurt in NPA ambush in Ilocos Sur
Three soldiers, who were out to buy some medicines for a scheduled medical
mission, were killed while another one was wounded during an ambush by
suspected New People's Army (NPA) fighters in Sitio Daing, Barangay Remedios,
Cervantes, Ilocos Sur Thursday morning.
Major Emmanuel Garcia, 1st Civil Relations Group commander, said that the
unprovoked attack took place at around 9:30 a.m.
He added that all the fatalities and wounded are assigned at the 50th
Infantry Battalion of the Isabela-based 5th Infantry Division.
Garcia said the ambush took place while the victims were aboard a military
jeep on the way to buy medicines, dental needles, and anesthesia for an
incoming medical mission on May 6 and 7.
Pursuit operations for the NPA rebels are ongoing.
Garcia said the names of the soldiers killed in action are temporarily being
withheld pending notification of their next of kin.
Lt. Gen. Gregorio Catapang, the Northern Luzon Command chief, said the
"sacrifice of our soldiers is a manifestation of our intent to serve the
people by focusing on non-combat aspects."
He added: "The death of our soldiers will not stop us from doing what
is right. This only strengthens our resolve to further reach out to our people.
We call on our brothers who went astray, the members of this armed group, to
heed the call of the nation to stop violence and be one with the people in our
quest for peace."