By Eduardo M. Casulla
LEGAZPI CITY, 1May2014 — A Philippine Army intelligence officer and a civilian died while another military man was seriously wounded in an ambush staged by New People’s Army (NPA) rebels on Wednesday morning in Barangay San Antonio, Casiguran, Sorsogon.
A police report identified the dead military officer as Cpl. Edison Capital, 31, married and a member of the Alpha Company, 30th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army, and the civilian casualty as Anthony Habalo, who was hit by a stray bullet.
Being treated at the Sorsogon Provincial Hospital is Pfc. Jenly Balbis, 26, single, of Pili, Camarines Sur, and also an intelligence officer of the 30th IB.
Based on the report, the ambush occurred at about 8:30 a.m. while the two intelligence officers were patrolling the area on board a motorcycle to check on the security in the area where they have their camp.
The rebels, who were in an ambush position, fired at them — resulting in the death on the spot of Capital and civilian Habalo, who was passing by the area and hit by astray bullet.
The rebels immediately fled to an unknown direction and were pursued by reinforcing government troopers. (PNA)