MANILA, Philippines – Four soldiers died in two separate encounters with alleged members of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Surigao Del Sur on Saturday.
According to Major Noli Kanashiro, members of the 75th Infantry Battalion were on their way to respond to the abduction incident involving Lingig Mayor Henry Dano and two security escorts in Sitio Mahogany, Barangay Mahayhay when they were met by the alleged NPA rebels.
Kanashiro said Private Wenceslao Pena and Private Reymond Valencia died after a landmine exploded in the area.
Meanwhile, Sgt. Nazer Porra, Private First Slass Luigie Pirote II, PFC Eddie Castanares, Private Gilbert Laydan and Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) Active Auxiliary (CAA) Marianito Balingan sustained injuries.
In San Agustin town, meanwhile, two soldiers from the 29th Infantry Battalion were killed during an encounter with around 20 NPA rebels.
PFC Jim Baldoza and a certain Cliffor Alvarado died, while Private Graciano Estope Jr. got injured during the troop's one-hour firefight with the rebels in Sitio Magkahunaw, Barangay Buhisan around 8 p.m. – Report from Charmaine Awitan, ABS-CBN News Caraga