4 soldiers killed, others missing in NPA attacks

Posted on February 03, 2017

THE military’s 8th Infantry Battalion reported that New People’s Army (NPA) members abducted and killed three soldiers in Barangay Kibalabag, Malaybalay City on Wednesday afternoon. Civilian witnesses reported the incident after hearing gunshots while one among them saw three individuals lying on the ground. Authorities found the three who turned out to be soldiers who went missing earlier that day.

In Manay, Davao Occidental, the military said NPA members waylaid a police and military team who were verifying the reported extortion activities of the rebels in two villages, resulting in the death of a soldier, 2nd Lt. Miguel Victor Alejo. Village officials complained to the police about the NPA extortion activities, prompting the two government law enforcement units to team up and check on the situation.

In Columbio, Sultan Kudarat, armed men abducted two soldiers early morning yesterday. Based on the military report, soldiers in plain clothes were on their way to the town from their detachment when the armed men, suspected to be NPA members, grabbed them. Residents reported the incident to the town police. The captives are believed to have been brought to the mountainous area within the boundary of Columbio and Matanao, Davao del Sur. -- Carmelito Q. Francisco