From InterAksyon (Feb 4): Army officer killed in clash with NPA in Northern Samar
Government troops are in pursuit of guerrillas under the Eastern Visayas Regional Party Committee of the New People’s Army who killed a young Army officer in a clash the other day in Las Navas, Northern Samar.
Quoting reports from the field, 8th Infantry Division spokesman Major Amado Gutierrez said 2nd Lieutenant Raphael Vicente Cubillan, a 2014 graduate of the Philippine Military Academy, died while leading his platoon from the 34th Infantry Battalion against the rebels in a 15-minute firefight in Barangay Imelda past 9 a.m. of February 3.
“My men were conducting peace and security patrol when the rebels fired at them,” Lieutenant Colonel Edgar Delos Reyes, the battalion commander, said.
Hit in the chest, Cubillan was airlifted from the battlefield but died on his way to a hospital.
Gutierrez said the slain officer, a native of Cagayan de Oro, is newly married with one child.
The military could not say if the rebels suffered any casualties, although they said two suspected guerrillas were cornered and captured.