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NPA admits killing soldiers in Isabela

By: - Correspondent / @VillVisayaJrINQ
/ 05:55 PM January 31, 2017
UNDERGROUND leftist cadres march in Quezon City on March 29 to celebrate the 47th founding anniversary of the New People’s Army, which has gone on an offensive in the last remaining weeks in office of President Aquino.    GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

New People’s Army fighters during a ceasefire period. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/ GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

ECHAGUE, Isabela — The Benito Tesorio Command of the New People’s Army admitted staging the Jan. 30 ambush which killed two Army soldiers here.

The attackers killed Army corporals Daryl Camangeg and Virgilio Herrera, members of the 86th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army’s 5th Infantry Division in Gamu town.

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The rebels said in a statement on Tuesday that they were retaliating for alleged military atrocities in the area.

Camangeg and Herrera were part of a unit led by Staff Sgt. Arnel Rivero, which were accompanying three officials of a Benguet village to a peace and order meeting, when they were waylaid.

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Camangeg and Herrera were riding a motorcycle when they were attacked.

“It is unfortunate that our soldiers were ambushed while serving the people. Our troops were there to conduct peace and development activities as part of the national government’s development efforts,” said Maj. Gen. Paul Atal, 5ID commander.  SFM/rga

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