Saturday, August 20, 2016

Phil. Army's 7ID chief orders hot pursuit ops vs rebels

From the Philippine News Agency (Aug 21): Phil. Army's 7ID chief orders hot pursuit ops vs rebels

FORT RAMON MAGSAYSAY, Palayan City -- Major Gen. Angelito de Leon, commander of the Philippine Army’s 7th Infantry Division (7ID) has ordered a hot pursuit operation against New People’s Army (NPA) rebels who allegedly ambushed a group of municipal employees and military personnel who were on their way to a gift-giving activity in Sitio Sinagawan, Barangay Umiray, Dingalan, Aurora Friday that resulted to the killing of a soldier and wounding of two others.

Capt. Ronel Rabot, acting chief of 7ID information office, said that De Leon issued the order as the goods that were supposed to be delivered to Sinagawan Elementary School ended up lost at sea due to alleged NPA rebels attack.

Rabot said that soldiers from the Charlie Company of the 56th Infantry Battalion, 7ID, led by 2Lt. Ghelyn Batomalaque provided security assistance to employees of Dingalan municipal government headed by Mayor Sherwin Taay for the said gift-giving activity.

While aboard two motorboats, the group was fired upon by an undetermined number of NPA as they neared the docking area, Rabot reported.

He added that “while the troops valiantly defended their group, the panicked actions of the civilians on board caused the boat to capsize.”

The command would not immediately release the names of the fatality as well as wounded soldiers.The military believe the rebels might also have suffered casualties.

De Leon, in his order, asked the military “to bring the perpetrators to justice.”

He condemned the assault “that does not even consider the safety of the civilians.”

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