From the Philippine News Agency (Feb 28): Soldier dies, militiaman unscathed in Zamboanga del Norte town ambush
Troops are tracking down the gunmen behind the ambush-slay of a soldier early Tuesday in the municipality of Sirawai, Zamboanga del Norte.
A militiaman accompanying the soldier emerged unscathed from the incident.
Chief Insp. Jimmy Abrasaldo, Sirawai police chief, identified the fatality as TSgt. Zaldy Caling-Caling, 42, of the Army’s 13th Special Force Company.
Unscathed was Dandan Lacsayao, a member of the militia force.
Abrasaldo disclosed the incident occurred around 7 a.m. Tuesday in Sitio Lote, Barangay Saint Mary, Sirawai, Zamboanga del Norte.
Abrasaldo said Caling-Caling was driving a motorcycle with Lacsayao when four unidentified gunmen repeatedly shot them.
He noted that Caling-Caling and Lacsayo were traveling to the town proper of Sirawai coming from Narra Detachment in Barangay San Vicente at the time of the incident.
Following the incident, policemen in coordination with the military were deployed to scour possible hiding places of the ambushers.
He said investigation is underway to identify the four gunmen.