Army killed in clash

Sun.Star Baguio - - Topstories - Jonathan Llanes Sun*Star Re­porter

A SOL­DIER from the 50th In­fantry Bat­tal­ion of the Philip­pine Army is the lat­est ca­su­alty af­ter a skir­mish be­tween the New Peo­ple's Army on March 11 at Si­tio Gisang, Pobla­cion Bal­balan, Kalinga.

Pri­vate 1st Class Sa­muel Neri ex­pired at the Kalinga Pro­vin­cial Dis­trict Hos­pi­tal hours af­ter be­ing ex­tracted from the en­counter area due to mul­ti­ple wounds sus­tained from a ri­fle grenade which hit the ad­vance com­mand post of the Philip­pine Army.

In a re­port by Kalinga Pro­vin­cial Po­lice Di­rec­tor Po­lice Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Al­fredo Dan­gani, the at­tack on the com­mand post oc­curred while the sol­diers were con­duct­ing a com­mu­nity sup­port pro­gram in the area.

Bri­gadier Gen­eral Leopoldo Im­bang, com­mand­ing gen­eral of the 503rd Bri­gade,

5th In­fantry Di­vi­sion who was guest of honor dur­ing the don­ning of ranks to newly pro­moted per­son­nel of the Po­lice Re­gional Of­fice – Cordillera clar­i­fied the area was not a de­tach­ment as ear­lier re­ported.

"Skir­mishes oc­curred be­tween the gov­ern­ment troops and the ter­ror­ists rebels who would not want the pres­ence of the army in their area of op­er­a­tion. Things like this un­for­tu­nately hap­pen re­sult­ing in gov­ern­ment hav­ing a ca­su­alty, but we will un­dergo with the pro­ce­dures for the ben­e­fit of the fam­ily of our slain sol­dier," Im­bang said.

The skir­mish lasted around 25 min­utes, where at least 25 mem­bers of the rebel groups en­gaged the gov­ern­ment troops be­fore flee­ing to dif­fer­ent direc­tions.

"We do not want things like this to hap­pen. We are here to pro­tect our coun­try­men and their com­mu­nity, and we are not here do any harm to our coun­try­men," Im­bang added.

Photo by Milo Brioso

EN­VI­RON­MENT FRIENDLY. Mar­ket go­ers are re­quired to bring their own mar­ket bags fol­low­ing the pro­hi­bi­tion of fish scal­ing and en­trails and soon the ban­ning of plas­tics at the Baguio City pub­lic mar­ket.

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