Two soldiers were killed in a New People's Army (NPA) attack in Coral ni Lopez, Calaca, Batangas Friday night.
The victims were aboard their motorcycle when still unidentified rebels fired at them, killing them on the spot at 7 p.m.
Major Angelo Guzman, Southern Luzon Command spokesperson, said the two soldiers were to report to their station in Coral ni Lopez, Calaca, Batangas from the Army Headquarters in
after taking their promotion examinations. Taguig City
He identified the slain troopers as Pfc. Jay Lozano and Pfc. Ferrie John Gabica, both of Alfa Company, 16th Infantry Battalion.
The attack was believed to be a retaliation to the loss of their five comrades killed in an encounter in Nasugbu, Batangas last Oct. 14 with the 730th Combat Group of the Philippine Air Force.
Additional forces are now in the area to track down the perpetrators and their cohorts.