Different units of the 19th IB suffered a misencounter last March 3 in Barangay Deit de Suba, Silvino Lobos, Northern Samar. According to NPA-Northern Samar (Rodante Urtal Command) AFP troopers fired upon their colleagues who were trying to disguise themselves as NPA fighters by wearing kamisa tsino and boots while on patrol. Five were reported injured during the exchange.
The misencounter occurred amid the five-month relentless military operations of the 19th IB in the said town and in the towns of Las Navas, Pambujan, San Roque and Catubig.
Tagged by the masses as “massacre battalion”, the 19th IB has been conducting late night interrogation of barangay council members in Brgy. Geparayan de Turag, Silvino Lobos. They also assembled residents and forced them to surrender as NPA supporters.