Wednesday, April 22, 2020

2 killed as Reds attack soldiers securing cash aid distribution

From the Philippine News Agency (Apr 22, 2020): 2 killed as Reds attack soldiers securing cash aid distribution (By Jason De Asis)

PURSUIT OPERATION. Military troops conduct pursuit operation against members of the Komiteng Larangang Gerilya Sierra Madre following an attack on government troops of the 91st Infantry Battalion in Barangay Diaat, Maria Aurora, Aurora province on Tuesday (April 21, 2020). Two soldiers were killed and three others were wounded in the attack. (Photo courtesy of the 91st Infantry Battalion)

BALER, Aurora – Two soldiers were killed and three others wounded when troops of the 91st Infantry “Sinagtala” Battalion (91IB) were attacked by some 20 members of the Komiteng Larangang Gerilya (KLG) Sierra Madre in Barangay Diaat, Maria Aurora town in Aurora province on Tuesday.

Killed were Private First Class (PFC) Ken Lester Sasapan and Private First Class Jackson Mallari.

Those wounded, on the other hand, were platoon leader First Lt. Jevie Jay Sagragao, Corporal Rondy Polancos, and Private First Class Clarence Urpilla. They are still undergoing treatment at the Fort Magsaysay Army Station Hospital (FMASH) in Palayan City, Nueva Ecija.

Col. Andrew Costelo, commander of 703rd Infantry (Agila) Battalion, said members of the 91IB Scout Platoon were conducting advanced security patrol operation during the distribution of the Emergency Subsidy Program cash aid of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in the area when “the rebels opened fire on the troops that resulted in an hour-long encounter”.

He said the members of the KLG, an armed front of the New People's Army, escaped to different directions after the clash and are now being pursued by the government troops.

Costelo lauded the heroic deeds of the Sinagtala troopers in performing their duties as he gave an assurance that their sacrifices would not be vain.

He likewise called on everyone to actively participate in the undertakings of the government to maintain peace and order against both the seen and unseen enemies.

Meanwhile, Brig. Gen. Alfredo Rosario Jr., commander of 7th Infantry (Kaugnay) Division, sent his heartfelt condolences to the families of the fallen Sinagtala troopers.

“We combat Covid-19, it is disappointing and disheartening to learn that the communist terrorists are prepared to fraudulently wage their selfish motives. I am very proud of my soldiers. They are among our modern heroes and like our heroes of old, they offered their lives for the sake of all of us and the country. For their acts, they will be forever remembered, and will not be forgotten.,” Rosario said.

He also vowed that they would not let pass the treacherous act of the communist terrorists.

“Sooner or later, we will catch these bandits, and for sure they will pay for the crimes they have committed,” Rosario said.

He encouraged everybody to take part in whatever capacity in the fight against the enemies of the state.

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