By DPAO, 8ID PA
November 13, 2019
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan City, Samar – The 8th Infantry Division identified the six (6) soldiers who paid ultimate sacrifice during an encounter with the New People’s Army (NPA) Terrorists at Sitio Bangon, Brgy. Pinanag-an, Borongan City, Eastern Samar in the late afternoon of November 11, 2019.
The troops were conducting a military operation in response for the persistent reports from the civilians about the presence of CNTs in the area. While the troops were on their way to their rebels' lair which is also being used as a bomb-making facility, they encountered the NPA terrorists who employed several improvised anti-personnel mines.
The valiant soldiers who sacrificed their lives against the NPA who used landmines as an attack are: Sergeant Rex C Jadulco; Corporal Ronaldo O Go; Corporal Limar L Banug; Private First Class Kent Loyd M Agullo; Private First Class Junmar D Buranday; and Private Charlie P Del Rosario.
The National Democratic Front (NDF) including the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the NPA are signatories, bans the use of landmines which they have neglected, the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law. In connection with the “Ottawa Convention” or “Mine Ban Treaty” that seeks to end the use of Anti-personnel Landmines (APLs) worldwide to end suffering and casualties.
Remains of the soldiers together with the deceased NPA rebel were immediately airlifted to Camp Vicente Lukban, Catbalogan City and were transported to a funeral home in Catbalogan for post mortem and proper funeral services while 20 wounded soldiers are still in the hospital at stable condition and undergoing treatment.
After the funeral services, the remains will be transferred to the 8ID headquarters.
The 8ID gave the assurance that immediate assistance be accorded to the bereaved families.