soldiers were deployed by the Philippine Army to Himamaylan City,
Negros Occidental, and its neighboring areas to augment government
forces in pursuit of the fleeing New People’s Army rebels behind the
recent ambush-slay of government troopers, Capt. Cenon Pancito, chief
of the 3rd Infantry Division Public Affairs Office, yesterday said.
With relentless focused military operations, we
intend to isolate these NPAs from the community and the populace,
Pancito said, noting that continued military operations deny the local
terrorist group from staging their terror activities and launching
tactical offensives against government forces.
While they may have blended themselves into their
known militias, Pancito said the 3ID is confident that the rebels will
be cornered and brought to justice soon.
In recognition of their bravery, the four Army soldiers,who were
injured in an encounter with NPA rebels on Sunday in Brgy. Carabalan,
Himamaylan City, were conferred with Wounded Personnel Medals yesterday
by Col. InocencioPasaporte, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, and his
deputy, Col. Michael Samson.
The recipients were Corporals John CrisLaus and LismerJade
Tumayao, Privates First Class John Paul Geonzon and Alexis Mepranum.
The encounter also claimed the life of three Army soldiers.
Rep. Maria Lourdes Arroyo (Neg. Occ., 5th district) also joined other
government officials in condemning the violent acts perpetrated by the
NPA “during a time when all people both in government and the private
sector should be doing their utmost to combat the effects of COVID-19
The slain victims of this attack instigated by the heartless
perpetrators were simply heeding their call of duty and upholding the
oaths they took to defend our Constitution and protect our people,
Arroyo said in a statement.
Arroyo said that men-in-uniform should not be
demoralized but should be inspired by the bravery of their colleagues.
She also assured assistance to the survivors of the attack.
The Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office also
denounced in strongest terms the NPA attack against 94th Infantry
Battalion soldiers, who were conducting community security patrols for
the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) distribution by the Department of
Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to families affected by the
On the other hand, the NPA Roselyn Jean Pelle
Command issued a statement alleging that the 79th Infantry Battalion
soldiers violated government-declared ceasefire with their continuous
military operations in the hinterlands of northern Negros.*
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