Tuesday, June 02, 2009

1 soldier killed in NPA attack in Davao City

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – A government soldier was killed while another one was injured after communist rebels attacked a military post in southern Philippines before dawn Monday.

Captain Rose Maria Cristina Manuel, spokeswoman for the Army’s 10th Infantry Division, said at least eight New People’s Army (NPA) rebels were involved in the attack, which occurred at around 1 a.m. in the village of Catigan in Davao City’s Toril District.

“Two soldiers were wounded, but one of them died before reaching the hospital. We still don’t know if there enemies killed, but there is a pursuit operation going on to track down the NPA attackers," she said.

She said the soldiers were deployed in Toril following reports from villagers that NPA rebels were frequently spotted in the area.

“Field reports revealed that the NPA rebels are consistently seen in Toril area and exerting efforts to redeem their lost mass base. The organization of Barangay Defense System is pioneer in Toril District and it has been effective in solving peace and order problems," Manuel

The Barangay Defense System is part of the military’s counter-insurgency program and is dubbed as the Integrated Area Community Public Safety Plan to monitor the movements of rebel groups. Many members of the Barangay Defense System are former rebels themselves. - Al Jacinto, GMANews.TV


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