The Compostela Valley-based 10th Infantry Division on Friday paid homage to its soldiers killed and wounded during operations to neutralize the New People's Army (NPA) last Dec. 11 and 12.
Ceremonies honoring fallen and wounded troops was headed by unit commander Major Gen. Rafael Valencia at Naval Station Felix Apolinario in Panacan,
. Davao City
This includes departure honors for Pfc. Johnhill Victor Alarcon, who was killed in action in the above-mentioned operations, and airlifted to
After this sad duty, Valencia then visited four wounded soldiers, also wounded in the same operation, at Camp Panacan Station Hospital and distributed gift packs to the latter.
It can be recalled that on Dec. 11 and 12, the troops of 69th Infantry Battalion engaged in a series of armed engagements in Barangay Malabog, Paquibato District,
The first incident happened when a platoon of the 69th Infantry Battalion got hit by a rebel-detonated landmine those shrapnel killed Alarcon and seriously wounded another trooper.
It was followed by another encounter when reinforcing soldiers of 69th engaged the retreating NPAs that resulted in the wounding of three more troopers.