BULAN, Sorsogon (Sept. 23) – An Army soldier was killed and six others were wounded in two separate clashes on Thursday with New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in Barangays Cadandanan, Bulan and Bacalon in Magallanes, both in Sorsogon, a Philippine Army (PA) officer said.
Army soldiers from the 49th Infantry Battalion on board a military truck led by Corporal Gerald Go were attacked by about 20 NPA rebels at Barangay Cadandanan, Bulan, Sorsogon at around 9:30 a.m., said Army Maj. Angelo Guzman, 9th Infantry Division spokesperson.
The Army troopers engaged the rebels in a 30-minute firefight before the rebels withdrew. The encounter left one soldier dead and six wounded.
The fatality was identified as Pfc. Julius Rodriguez while wounded were Cpl. Gerald Go, Pfc. Ronald Cellorico, Pfc. Mcsil Basbas, Pfc. Edwin Padi, Pfc. Rodolfo Fortunado, and Pfc. Jervie Micarandayo.
The wounded soldiers were initially brought to the Irosin District Hospital but were transferred later to the Sorsogon Doctors Hospital.
Earlier Thursday, a squad of soldiers from the 93rd Division Reconnaissance Company led by Lt. Clint P. Antipala encountered about 20 NPA rebels in Barangay Bacalon, Magallanes, Sorsogon at around 6 a.m., Guzman said.
The firefight lasted for 10 minutes before the rebels withdrew, leaving behind a caliber .45 pistol and subversive documents.
Another 10-minute encounter transpired at around 6:10 a.m. between elements of the 49th IB led by Lt. Anthony B. Lina and about 10 NPA rebels in the same barangay. The rebels withdrew. (PNA)