Army’s 3rd Infantry Division yesterday mourned the loss of the lives of
three soldiers, including a young Army officer, in an ambush staged by
the New People’s Army in Brgy. Carabalan, Himamaylan City, Negros
At the same time, Maj. Gen. Eric Vinoya, 3ID
commander ,condemned the “cowardice and dastardly act of the NPA”
saying the rebels violated the International Humanitarian Law for using
landmines in the ambush.
Vinoya vowed the Army will press the fight hard against the local terrorist group.
Killed in the ambush were 2Lt Ralf Amante Abibico,
Cpl Joel Nobleza and PFC Carl Venice Bustamante. Injured during the
gunbattle were Cpl John Cris M. Laus, PFC John Paul M. Geonzon, Cpl
Lismer Jade J. Tumayao and PFC Alexis I.Mepranum, all members of the
94th Infantry Battalion.
“They died protecting the people of Negros, they died as heroes,” Vinoya said.
Stressing that the CPP-NPA once again proved their outright disregard
to the established laws on armed conflict, Vinoya said that the
terroristic acts will motivate the Army to press on and finish the
“We will hunt you down,” Vinoya said.
Col. InocencioPasaporte, 303rd Infantry Brigade
commander, also said that the heroism of the slain Army troopers will
never be forgotten by the people of Negros.
Pasaporte yesterday said that the injured Army troopers are now in
stable condition as he lauded their heroism, bravery, and selfless
dedication to secure and protect the Negros communities.
He also assured all necessary assistance and benefits to the families of the fallen soldiers.
Abibico, a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy, served as a
platoon leader of the 94IB Charlie Company, who with 19 of his men were
sent to secure the outer perimeter of Brgy. Carabalan, Himamaylan City,
where residents are scheduled to receive cash grants under the Special
Amelioration Program of the government.
KaJuanitoMagbanua, spokesperson of the NPA ApolinarioGatmaitan Command,
in a radio interview, justified the staging of the ambush, claiming
that it was a form of an active self defense while they are
observing the extended ceasefire declaration as ordered by the CPP
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