NPA thwarts 2 coordinated AFP attacks

7 February 2012

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Six Philippine Army soldiers were killed and several others wounded when the New People's Army (NPA) thwarted two separate but coordinated military attacks in Negros Occidental in the last week of January.

Prior to these gunbattles, 303rd Bde chief Col. Oscar Lactao had bragged that the NPA in Negros had lost its influence, was going hungry, suffering from low morale and fighting spirit and was on the run.

On January 31, the 62nd IB attempted to attack an NPA unit under the Roselyn "Ka Jean" Pelle Command-North Negros. The coordinated enemy attack was repulsed when the NPA ambushed the soldiers in Hacienda Lope, Barangay Andres Bonfacio, Cadiz town. Based on initial reports from the NPA Apolinario "Boy" Gatmaitan Command (AGC), two troopers of the 62nd IB were killed and several others wounded in this firefight.

Days before this, the 303rd Bde had arrogantly claimed that it had "liberated" the Cadiz area from the influence of the New People's Army.

Meanwhile, at the South West Negros Front, Red fighters under the Armando Sumayang Command valiantly fought off a far superior enemy force composed of 47th IB troopers and Scout Rangers that had attempted to encircle them on January 28 in Sitio Akol, Barangay Manlocahoc, Sipalay City. The Scout Rangers lost four of their men and many others were wounded on the side of the fascist troops.

An NPA unit was then temporarily encamped in Sitio Akol when the enemy attacked. The military tried to conceal its casualties but the villagers were still able to see them.

Donald Diligdilig, a 21-year old Red fighter was martyred in this gunbattle. The AGC paid tribute to his heroism.