A soldier who was a member of the Philippine Army Bayanihan Team doing peace and development projects was gunned down by the Special Partisan Unit (Sparu) of the New People's Army (NPA) on Thursday at the pier of Barangay Bangcaray, San Jacinto, Masbate.
A police report said victim Cpl. Aldrin Pahila was leaving for
via a boat to send money to his
family when the rebels, armed with .45-caliber pistols, approached him and shot
him on his head and body. Masbate City
Pahila's companions immediately came to reinforce him but were not able to catch up with the suspects.
The report said the victim had been assigned in the area for several months already, doing development projects in poor villages of the town.