Eight soldiers killed in Sorsogon in NPA active defense

Information Bureau
Communist Party of the Philippines
July 08, 2013

At least eight soldiers belonging to the 31st Infantry Battalion were killed when a platoon of the Celso Minguez Command succeeded in carrying-out active defense maneuvers in Sitio Madagusong, Brgy. Macawayan, Irosin, Sorsogon in the early morning hours last July 6, 2013.

The Red fighters successfully countered the attempt of the fascist troops of the 31st IB to encircle and overpower them. They were able to inflict heavy casualties against the AFP. A Sgt. Canuel of the 31st IB and seven other soldiers were killed in action when the NPA detonated explosives and fired upon the attacking soldiers.

The spokesperson of the 903rd Infantry Brigade, Col. Joselito Caquilala, concealed the actual number of soldiers who were killed in the encounter.

An NPA Red figher, Pinky Boticario (Ka Gerald), from the same barrio, was martyred in the course of the firefight. The NPA-CMC pays its highest tribute to its fallen Red fighter.

Later that afternoon, a team of NPA Red fighters detonated explosives against the vehicle of the 508th PNP Public Safety Management Battalion. The PNP-PSMB is a combat unit of the PNP being used in counter-guerrilla operations under Oplan Bayanihan. The demolition operation was carried out along the Maharlica Hi-Way in Barangay Ponong, Casiguran. Several policemen were wounded in the attack. The NPA team was able to safely retreat from the area.