5 soldiers killed in clash with NPA in Negros



BACOLOD CITY—Five Army soldiers were killed and two others wounded in an encounter with New People’s Army rebels on Saturday in a mountain village outside Sipalay City, 178 kilometers south of this city.

The soldiers, belonging to the 47th Infantry Batallion, were pursuing rebels who burned down the bunkhouse of Philex Mining Corp. in Sitio Umas on Friday night. They were about 1. 5 km away from the bunkhouse about 7 a.m. when some 30 rebels fired on them at the adjacent Sitio Magalaw-alaw.

Colonel Rey Bañares, 303rd Infantry Brigade deputy commander, confirmed that five of the soldiers were killed but declined to identify them as their families had yet to be notified.

However, Senior Superintendent Ricardo dela Paz, acting Negros Occidental provincial director, later identified the fatalities as Cpl. Aljun Francisco, Pfc. Charlie Magne Jomento, Pfc. Jan Granzo, Pvt. Ramer Aguilario and Pvt. Benjie Tolog and the wounded as Cpl. Jovimar Lateza and Pfc. Romel Agustino.

Bañares said the two wounded soldiers were in stable condition.

Dela Paz said the rebels also took four M16, one M14 and one K3 rifles from the soldiers.

According to an initial field report, the soldiers were pursuing rebels who burned down the bunkhouse and generator set of Philex Mining Corp. on Friday night in Sitio Umas.

Senior Superintendent Ricardo de la Paz, acting Negros Occidental police director, said about 30 rebels barged into the Philex Mining compound and ordered the occupants of the bunkhouse to leave before setting it on fire.

This was the second attack by the NPA on Pilex Mining in two years.

In 2011, rebels also raided the Philex Mining Co. compound in Barangay Nabulao, Sipalay City, burned two vehicles and a bunkhouse, and divested security guards of their firearms, military records showed.

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  • RyanE

    Hmm.. there were lots of similar news before where pursuing soldiers were being ambushed by the NPA. PA never learn, perhaps its officers are busy on FB or twitter.. tsk3

  • Fulpol

    Lacierda told to NPA: “Make our day”..

    dapat si baklang Lacierda ang isabak laban sa mga NPA..

    ayan 5 soldiers dead.. na “make my day” na..


    • Ramil Abalon

      ha ha ha galing mo pare ikaw kaya dalhin ko doon para makita mo.. kayo ang dahilan kung bakit kulang ang armas ng afp…dahil sa mga pagnanakaw nyoa ha ha ha

      • Fulpol

        sino nagnanakaw ng budget ng AFP…??

        uy, di ako AFP General and AFP Financial Comptroller..


  • quirinomayer

    ABOLISH THE PHILIPPINE MILITARY ACADEMY. The products of this so-called premier military school in Southeast Asia keep feeding soldiers to the NPA. Up to now, they have not yet found a way to beat the NPA whose leaders only train the in jungles. Imagine, after thousands of Filipino soldiers found their deaths running into ambushes while pursuing retreating NPA attackers, these generals have not yet figured out a way to outwit the NPAs by setting up a maneuver whereby the ambushers would be caught by surprise.

    Long live the premier military school of Baguio City! It’s brilliant outputs are being run around in circles by a ragtag enemy.

    • Fulpol

      they should just add new curriculum: funeral parlor operation.. embalming and coffin making..


  • Platypus09

    How can these people tricked and fooled by JOMA?

    I am sure their leaders can easily be captured..

    AFP, you failed to do their job on this one.

  • hopeless_na

    parang tahimik ang mga human rights’ advocates…

    • Romalliv

      paano namang di tatahimik ang mga human rights advocates (kuno) na yan, eh mga military lang naman ang nakikita nila palagi. bulag sila pag mga NPA ang sangkot sa mga pagmasaker o pagpatay.

  • pfckulapu_parin

    Sa ganitong paraan tuwangtuwang ang mga kaluluwa ng mga demonyong komunitsa..

  • dxdaistar

    ang mayor sa Pulupandan sa (Negros Occ) na kalaban ng NPA, ni-raid ng PNP/CIDG. Katulong dapat nila iyon laban sa NPA…imagine 89 HighPower Firearms were found plus some TNTs! Bakit di ang NPA ang ni-raid nila?

  • regd

    The NPA’s are on a rampage, all efforts must be made to more than balance the equation! I say, decimate them all before they breed more rats!

  • Dave Zalben

    What the government is missing is that the communists masquerading as “environmentalists” have been hitting mining/Philex for a long time. Ang agenda nitong mga ito “nationalization” ng mining patterned after North Korea and also Cuba.

  • kontra_boohaya

    naisahan nanaman?! let me guess…the casualties are privates and pfc’s. nasan mga pinuno nila? paulit ulit nalang na bumabagsak po kayo sa napakalumang taktikang trap ng mga npa. calling gary v….dina na natuto!

  • Aljur Abrenica

    As usual. Tahimik nanama ang CHR? Dapat hindi CHR tawag jan. Dapat CTR. Commission on Terrorists Rights dahil magiingay lang sila kapag terrorista ang napatay.

  • Dave Zalben

    The CPP-NPA has been hitting Philex/mining for so long via their front “militant NGOs” masquerading as environmentalists. The weird thing is that government listens to them and panders to the populist sentiments. The result is overall hostility to mining. No matter if conducted responsibly. In the end we Filipinos lose.

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