From DWDD (Civil Relations Service-AFP) AM Radio Website (Oct 17): Two Soldiers Dead in NPA Sparu Attack
CAMP GUILLERMO NAKAR, Lucena City (DWDD) - Two (2) soldiers were killed in an NPA Sparu attack in Coral ni Lopez, Calaca, Batangas around 7 p.m. of October 16, 2015.
According to the Public Affirs Office of the Southern Luzon Command (SOLCOM), the soldiers were onboard a motorcycle when the unidentified gunmen believed to be members of the NPA Sparu opened fire at them that caused their instantaneous death.
The two soldiers were to report to their station in Coral ni Lopez, Calaca, Batangas from the Army Headquarters in Fort Bonidacio, Taguig City after taking the examination for promotion.
They were identified as PFC Jay Lozano and PFC Ferrie John Gabica both of Alpha Company, 16th Infantry Battalion.
The attack is believed to be a retaliation to the loss of their five (5) comrades killed in an encounter in Nasugbu, Batangas last October 14, 2015 with the 730th Combat Group of the Philippine Air Force.
Additional forces are now in the area to look after the perpetrators and their cohorts.
The Southern Luzon Command alerted its units in the area and reminded its soldiers to be extra cautious with their security. The NPA’s dwindling strength and capability have resulted for them to target unarmed soldiers, policemen and CAFGUs.
As we condole with the families of the victims, SOLCOM will continue its military operations in the region to preserve the gains in our peace efforts. PAO SOLCOM . MCAG