Soldier killed in NPA at­tack

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ILI­GAN CITY -- Some 30 sus­pected com­mu­nist rebels launched yet an­other at­tack on Sun­day, Novem­ber 12, leav­ing a soldier dead and an­other wounded in Barangay Ro­gongon, Ili­gan City.

The lone fa­tal­ity was iden­ti­fied as Tech­ni­cal Sergeant Edgar An­dal of the Army’s 4th Mech­a­nized In­fantry Bat­tal­ion (4th Mech) while wounded soldier, also of 4th Mech, was iden­ti­fied as Cor­po­ral Ray­mart Pam­plona.

An Army of­fi­cial said An­dal and Pam­plona were per­form­ing a rou­tine check of the road net­work in the area to see if the roads were pass­abl.

Colonel Alex Ad­uca, 4th Mech com­man­der, An­dal and Pam­plona were on board a mo­tor­cy­cle and were be­tween Si­tio Dung­goan and Si­tio Kala­malama­han, Barangay Ro­gongon when they saw a check­point.

Ad­uca said, An­dal and Pam­plona be­came aware that the check­point was not be­ing manned by po­lice­men or sol­diers prompt­ing them to turn back.

Ad­uca said the two sol­diers were fired upon as they tried to speed away.

Pam­plona, al­though wounded, was able to drive back to their pa­trol base leav­ing life­less An­dal who had fallen from the mo­tor­cy­cle.

Mem­bers of the Barangay Peace­keep­ing Ac­tion Team (BPAT) and Barangay In­tel­li­gence Net­work (BIN) helped re­trieved An­dal's re­mains, Ad­uca said.

Ad­uca said the armed men were mem­bers of the New Peo­ple’s Army’s (NPA’s) Guerilla Front 68.

He said the group has been op­er­at­ing for some­time now at the bound­aries of Misamis Ori­en­tal and Bukid­non, in­clud­ing Ro­gongon, a boudary of Ili­gan City, Lanao del Norte.

The group is said to be oc­cu­py­ing a com­mu­nity called Malag­som in Si­tio Liban­dayan, Ro­gongon, an area for­merly oc­cu­pied by the work­ers of a con­struc­tion firm that worked on the road projects of the gov­ern­ment, Ad­uca said.

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