2 govt troops killed by NPA while securing SAP distriburion

2 govt troops killed by NPA while securing SAP distriburion

Reports came in that just confirmed that 2 soldiers were killed while 3 others were wounded in an attack on Tuesday (April 21) by gunmen believed to be New People’s Army (NPA) communist rebels during the Luzon wide lockdown, in the town of Maria Aurora, Aurora Province.

According to the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the troops from the Army’s 91st Infantry Battalion, were securing the area as employees of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) were distributing cash to beneficiaries of the government’s Social Amelioration Program.

The cash aid was part of the national government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and aimed at helping poor households cope with movement restrictions during the lockdown.

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As per the Public Information Office of the Army’s 7th Infantry Division, NPA rebels opened fire at soldiers en route to the village of Diaat, killing one soldier and wounding another who died later in a hospital.

The soldiers returned fire and engaged rebels in an hour-long gun battle.

Lt. Col. Reandrew Rubio, acting commanding officer of the 91st IB, the treacherous act og the rebels re “unfortunate”, they have brought violence toa a community that is struggling with the novel coronavirus.

“I am very proud of my soldiers, they are among our modern heroes,” said Brig Gen. Alfredo V. Rosario, 7th ID commander.

“For their acts, they will be forever remembered,” Rosario said.

“Sooner or later, we will catch these bandits and for sure they will pay for the crimes they have committed,” he said.

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