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Unarmed Army Peace and Development Team member killed

Sipalay City, Negros Oriental-A soldier from a Peace and Development Team (PDT) of the 47th Infantry Battalion (47IB) was killed by individuals believed to be members of the New People's Army (NPA) 8a.m. here.

Pfc John P Ilisan of 47IB's Bravo Company was shot to death by his attackers at Sitio Camboguiot,  Brgy Camindangan, of said city.Accordingly, Ilisan was with a fellow soldier to buy food stuffs early on a market day in said sitio for the PDT's consumption.

Bravo Company, 47IB is currently on pursuit operations.

"Our deepest sympathy goes with the family and love ones of Pfc Ilisan. What he fought for peace and development in Negros will surely be continued", said Col Oscar Lactao, 303rd Infantry Brigade Commander.

"He is the epitome of a PDT operator. Unarmed at that time who lived with the people he served", added Lactao.

"He was there to help the farmers of barangays Camindangan and Manlukahok, Sipalay city on their land ownership and tenurial concerns by serving as conduit between the farmers and the right government agencies", said Ltc Rodrigo Sosmeṅa, 47IB Commander.

"The killing of Pfc Ilisan who is doing community peace and development works is not only an attack to the unit but to the farmers and the peace loving people of Sipalay city. This is a plain display of desperation on the part of the NPA who cannot accept that they are already alienated from the farmers' support", added Sosmeṅa.

"Nevertheless, we will continue our commitment to the farmers to help them and free them from the deceit and manipulation of the NPA", said Sosmeṅa.

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