Friday, June 12, 2015

Soldier, 2 Cafgus die in NPA encounter in Antique

From the Website of The Guardian
links: http://www.thedailyguardian.net/index.php/local-news/5713-soldier-2-cafgus-die-in-npa-encounter-in-antique




Soldier, 2 Cafgus die in NPA encounter in Antique

A SOLDIER and two paramilitary personnel were killed in an encounter with the New People’s Army (NPA) in San Remigio, Antique.

Killed were 12th Cadre Battalion team leader Corporal Absalon Labitan and Citizens Armed Forces Geographical Unit (Cafgu) personnel Julie Huayang and Vevencio Mutha.

According to Captain Reylan Java, spokesman of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division (3ID), the three were conducting security patrol at Sitio Igbaklag of Aningalan village Friday afternoon when they encountered approximately 25 communist rebels. 

A 15-minute gunfight ensued with the NPA’s Southern Front of Kilusang Rehiyon–Panay.
The Army said the NPA rebels may have suffered casualties also. “There were bloodstains along the rebels’ escape route. We also received reliable reports from residents claiming they saw bloodied individuals being carried by armed men,” Java said.

Colonel Jonas Sumagaysay, 3ID acting commander, commended the fallen government troops.

“They will always be remembered as true heroes and advocates of peace,” Sumagaysay said.

“The death of our brave soldiers will only strengthen our resolve to bring peace in our communities. We remain steadfast and continue to offer peace to the NPA rebels until they realize the futility of the armed struggle,” Sumagaysay added.

Meanwhile, San Remigio Mayor Glenn Cabigunda is urging for a dialogue between rebels and the government to address social issues in the town.

“They should stop this if they really love the people of San Remigio,” Cabigunda said.
Cabigunda’s father and brother, both former mayors of San Remigio, were killed by NPA rebels in 1986 and 1987, respectively.




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