10 soldiers, 2 civilians killed in NPA ambush in Ifugao

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Ten soldiers and two civilians were killed Wednesday in an ambush staged by New People’s Army rebels in Tinoc, Ifugao, police said.

In a report from Radyo Inquirer 990AM, Cordillera police director, Chief Superintendent Benjamin Magalo said the attack took place in Sitio Buyo.

MANILA, Philippines – Ten soldiers and two civilians were killed Wednesday in an ambush staged by New People’s Army rebels in Tinoc, Ifugao, police said.

In a report from Radyo Inquirer 990AM, Cordillera police director, Chief Superintendent Benjamin Magalo said the attack took place in Sitio Buyo.

Magalo told Radyo Inquirer that it was not known if the rebels suffered casualties, but police and Army soldiers have already been fanned out to set up checkpoints and blocking forces in the province.

Meanwhile, the Agence France Presse reported that the soldiers were on a three-vehicle convoy when surprised by gunfire by the rebels.

Colonel Loreto Maguddayao told AFP that the civilians riding with the soldiers were also killed.

An Army captain was among those killed, but the apparent target was the local battalion commander, Lieutenant-Colonel Eugenio Batara, who was also in the convoy but escaped unhurt, he said.

One of the civilians killed played in the military brass band, while two other soldiers and another civilian were wounded.

The fatalities were identified as Imee Labug, a member of a band, Captain Kafilas, operations officer, Staff Sergeant Torres, Corporal Lazaro, Private First Class Salud, Lakitero, Lorenzo, Veloria, Dewaton, David, Naliw and Sanadan.

The wounded were Jefferson de la Cruz, Lieutenant Navaties and Private First Class Lopez.

“This is not actually an indicator they have superior strength. They attacked the convoy in an apparent retaliation to an encounter in Natonin in Mt. Province some days ago,” Colonel Miguel Puyao of the 5th Infanty Division said.

Puyao was referring to the weekend encounter in Natonin, where seven rebels were killed.

The incident has the biggest number of casualties in a single encounter for this year after the Al Barka incident in October 2011, which left 19 Army’s Special Forces killed by Abu Sayyaf and Moro Islamic Liberation Front forces.

The NPA is the armed unit of the Communist Party of the Philippines, which has been waging a rebellion since 1969, in one of Asia’s longest running communist insurgencies.

The government last year boasted it had decimated the NPA ranks in the northern mountain regions due to successes on the battlefield and effective community work that turned villagers against the rebels.

Across the Philippines, the military said the NPA’s strength has fallen to just over 4,000 fighters as of 2011 from over 26,000 at the peak of its strength in the 1980s.

The government had opened peace talks with the communists but negotiations reached an impasse in November after Manila rejected rebel demands to free 18 jailed guerrillas the NPA said were consultants to its negotiating team.

The rebels have since vowed to step up attacks against the military and vital government installations.

A major rebel action last year involved about 200 guerrillas who attacked three mining sites in the mineral-rich, but impoverished southern island of Mindanao.

The NPA claimed the attacks were payback for years of alleged environmental damage and abuse by the miners, but the military said it was carried out to force companies to pay illegal “revolutionary taxes.”

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  • tanga_hanga_ni_abnoy

    CHR pano yan? dahil b trabaho lang din nman nila to so ok lang b?

  • generalproblem

    kulang sa intel. hay mga officer natin tutulog tulog

    • ThePattern

      there is a mole in the military and intelligence failure killed those soldiers and civilians

  • Zero Sum Analyst

    With external threats (China) pressing closer to our archipelago, these local insurgents still have the gall to carry out this brazen act of treachery! Who in their right minds would still believe in the so-called ’cause’ that they’re fighting for? It is as plain as rain that this rebellion’s “cause” is nonsensical and is fashioned in an anarchical sense that goes against progress and unity. We’re all Filipinos, regardless of ethnicity and province; brothers and sisters united under a flag of democracy. In this time when our country is up against a serious threat, this is what these rascals do. To those that committed this atrocity, you are a sad, traitorous lot that should not have been born.

  • ThePattern

    nasaan ang commision on human rights?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XL26RCBRSVEUDXEYZML7EYQH7Q JM

    calling on CHR….hindi po ba “human” ang mga sundalo natin?

  • sigena

    pag military namatay tahimik ang CHR. PAG REBEL imbistiga agad

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FKE56ZWNI2XKEVVLZQGRWG7WBI BURADOR—Phil. Voice

    Do NPA have INFORMATION whats GOING ON in Philippines CONFLICT with China?
    Instead of JOINING FORCES to CONFRONT china—–NPA is fighting LOCAL—-
    VERY SAD for countries SAKE—

  • Ilonggobyblood

    CHR make noise! This is a violation of Human Rights!

  • elpobre

    ayan na ang mga galamay ng Chekwa

    • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

      mga intsik
      kapitalista na
      hindi na sosyalista

  • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

    condolence sa mga pamilyang naiwan

    mga sarge at mga kaka
    ireserba niyo mga bala niyo
    sa mga intsik

  • m1600

    GEN. PALPARAN KAILANGAN KANA NG BAYAN . Panay komunista na ang nasa gobyerno ni PNOY. 

  • m1600

    Pnoy hindi mo kaya na mamun0 sa pilipinas INFILTRATED NA ANG GOBYERNO MO . NG MGA KOMUNISTA ANJAN na sa malakanyang sila LLMAS, ETA ROSALES, BARAQUEL, at DELIMA,  labanan ang mga taong ito na SALOT NG LIPUNAN. 

  • http://twitter.com/slashersniper j gazpi

     jan masaya yang mga putangnang NPA nyan di malaman kung ano mga pinaglalaban ng mga hinayupak nyan, ngayon ano masasabi nyo na nakapatay kyo ng walang kalabanlaban , me nadamay pa sibilyan jan, sayang mga tapang nyo dapat gamitin nyo yan sa china  na nasa scarborough na nambubully stin mga haliparot na duwakan kyo, inutil pilipino niraratrat ng kapwa pilipino……

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