Philippine Army troopers in southern Negros Oriental continue to conduct massive military operations against the New People’s Army after Tuesday’s encounter where a Scout Ranger company commander was killed and another wounded.
Killed in action was Capt. Wilson Montenegro, company commander of the 2nd Scout Ranger Company of the 1st SR Battalion.
Col. Manuel Ochotorena, commander of the 302nd Infantry Brigade, said Army troops are pursuing the suspected NPA rebels in Sta. Catalina town and adjacent areas in southern Negros Oriental.
Another Scout Ranger soldier, PFC Rocky Javier, of the 1st SR Company, was wounded in the clash in Sitio Avocado in Barangay Talalak, Sta. Catalina.
Two Philippine Air Force attack helicopters were deployed yesterday from the Mactan Air Base in Cebu to provide support to the Philippine Army, such as ferrying troops and logistics supply, Ochotorena said.
The PAF aircraft, an MG-520 from the 15th Strike Wing and a UH-1H from the 205th Tactical Helicopter Wing, however, failed to carry out their mission yesterday morning due to bad weather and zero visibility.
As of yesterday afternoon, the helicopter pilots and crew were still waiting for the weather to clear.
Meanwhile, the body of Montenegro is now lying in state at a funeral parlor in Siaton town, Negros Oriental, pending arrangements for shipment to his family, while the wounded Javier is recuperating at the Silliman University Medical Center in Dumaguete City.*JFP
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