NPAs ambush two unarmed soldiers in Quezon

March 30, 2010 10:24 pm 

MANILA, March 30 – Suspected communist New People’s Army rebels shot dead two soldiers while on their way to Burdeos, Quezon on Monday, military authorities said on Tuesday.

Staff Sgt. Isidro G. Cruz and Pfc Romel B. Gernale, members of area security team, 1st Infantry Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, were aboard a motorcycle traveling to Burdeos town proper when ambushed by seven suspected members of the NPA group in Brgy Amot, of the same town, around 2:30 p.m.

"Accordingly, the victims had just conducted further investigation on the information that an alleged collection of Permit to Campaign activities is being performed by members of the communists group in the area," said Army spokesman Lt. Col. Ernesto Torres.

Torres said part of the Armed Forces Philippines overall intent towards honest, orderly and peaceful election was the deployment of area security to ensure the security of the candidates while campaigning.

"The Philippine Army leadership condemns the atrocities committed by the New People's Army terrorists in the strongest terms, and vows to run after those responsible for the deaths of many soldiers and civilians alike," said Torres.

"Although saddened that somebody’s life has once again been sacrificed, we continue to call on the candidates not to give in to the demands of the communist terrorists and to report any attempts of the NPA to collect Permit to Campaign schemes from them," said Torres.

Torres said that as of press time, additional troops were deployed to conduct pursuit operations and to augment area security teams in the outskirts of Burdeos, Quezon.(PNA) RMA/VR


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