2 Army soldiers killed in Isabela by suspected NPA rebels | Inquirer News

2 Army soldiers killed in Isabela by suspected NPA rebels

By: - Correspondent / @VillVisayaJrINQ
/ 11:24 PM January 30, 2017
New People’s Army guerrillas stand in formation in a guerrilla camp somewhere in the Sierra Madre mountain range after a clandestine press conference in November. —CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

New People’s Army guerrillas somewhere in Luzon in November 2016. —CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

ECHAGUE, Isabela — Two Army soldiers were killed Monday morning (Jan. 30) in an ambush staged by suspected New People’s Army rebels at the boundary of Barangays (villages)Benguet and Mabbayad here, the military said.

The 5th Infantry Division in Gamu town withheld the names of the soldiers to give the military time to inform their families.

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Military reports said the slain soldiers were with Barangay Benguet chairman Rafael Guinanoy, barangay secretary Joji Ferrer and barangay councilman Rudy Acasio when they were ambushed by armed men at 8 a.m.

The 502nd Infantry Brigade and the PNP Scene of the Crime Operatives have been investigating the crime scene.

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Soldiers from the 86th Infantry Battalion have launched pursuit operations against the attackers.

President Duterte and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines have each imposed a ceasefire on their troops due to an ongoing peace negotiation. The Philippine government and the NDFP panels met recently in Rome for the third round of talks, which included proposals for a joint ceasefire agreement.  SFM

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