AFP sustains 20 casualties in NPA offensives

NINE ELEMENTS OF the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) were killed while 11 others were wounded in various military offensives conducted by the New People’s Army in Masbate, Quezon and Bukidnon from October 8 to 19.

Units of the NPA-Masbate simultaneously attacked dispersed elements of the 2nd IB at Sitio Poro, Barangay Talisay, San Fernando, Masbate on October 12. Two soldiers were killed while six others were wounded.

“Peace and development” teams of the 2nd IB have long been sowing terror in the barangays of San Fernando. They disrupt the livelihood of residents. Three civilians were also brutally killed in Barangay Liong and Buenavista.

On October 17, a unit of the NPA-Quezon blasted patrolling troops of the 85th IB at Sitio Catulin, Barangay Suha, Catanauan, Quezon. At least six soldiers were killed in the offensive. Another soldier was killed in an NPA sniping operation in Barangay Abuabo Mauban on October 8.

In Bukidnon, operating troops of the 401st IBde sustained five casualties after being blasted by Red fighters at Sitio Mahan-aw, Barangay Bulonay, Impasug-ong. The NPA-Bukidnon launched the attack on October 19 at 10 a.m.