Renewed Army – NPA clash in Sorsogon; 4 Army soldiers killed, 7 wounded

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By BicolToday.com News Team

GUBAT, Sorsogon, Aug 8, 2017 — Renewed fighting flared up early Monday morning, August 7, between Army and New People’s Army (NPA) fighters in Sorsogon with State troops suffering 4 dead, 7 wounded during an ambush in a remote village of Gubat.

The ambush coincided with the interment Monday of NPA top-rank officer Andres “Ka Magno” Hubilla and Miguel “Ka Billy” Himor at the Casiguran Public Cemetery, who died in a massacre at Barangay Sta. Cruz, Casiguran, Sorsogon on July 28, and also the killing of two civilians, Arnel Borres and Dick Laura.

Initial report Monday afternoon said an Army lieutenant and sergeant were killed and 7 soldiers wounded in the firefight that lasted 40 minutes at Barangay Casili, this town.

However, the NPA Celso Minguez Command (NPA-CMC), the rebel group operating in Sorsogon Province, posted in the internet Tuesday a statement saying 4 soldiers were killed and 7 soldiers wounded.

The NPA-CMC communique said the Army platoon leader was also killed during the ambush when NPA fighters planted command detonated explosives along the way where the Army platoon would pass.

The NPA fighters seized three M4 carbine rifle, 3 ammunition pouches, ammo, 4 military packs, cellphones and VHF radio.

The troops belonged to Alpha Coy of 31st Infantry Battalion and the wounded were rushed to Sorsogon Medical Mission Group Hospital in Sorsogon City.

But, the names of the fatalities and wounded were withheld by Army headquarters pending notification of relatives.

However the following day, Tuesday, NPA-CMC identified the Army fatalities, namely Sgt. Rolyn Cabagon and 2Lt. Lee Ormega Tremedal, platoon leader, Pfc. Jaypee Nebiar and an unidentified soldier.

The NPA also identified 5 of the 7 wounded soldiers, namely: Michael Llonar, Jeremy Tu, Roland Sayson, Eduard Lumatog and Mark Oscillada, all belonging to 31st IB Phil. Army.

According to initial Army reports, during the clearing operations, soldiers had recovered several command detonated landmines at the clash site.

The Army has been fielding combat patrols at nearby villages during the days when the 2 slain NPAs, Hubilla and Himor, were laid in state before the Monday burial in Casiguran.

According to reports from Casiguran on Monday afternoon, the internment and burial was attended by about 2 thousand people and publicly displayed NPA banners, logo and communist symbols of hammer and sickle.   [BicolToday.com]

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