By DPAO, 8ID PA
November 28, 2018
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan City – Two members of the Community Support Program (CSP) Team of 20IB stationed at Brgy. San Miguel, Las Navas, Northern Samar were shot by assailants believed to be members of a Special Partisan Unit (SPARU) of the CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs) yesterday, November 27, 2018 at 5:10 P.M.
Both soldiers were tasked to buy foodstuff in the market of Brgy. San Miguel and while on their way back, they were treacherously shot several times by the assailants that resulted in the wounding of two soldiers identified as Cpl Jaype V. Malbas and PFC Rommel C. Debuton, the latter of whom expired from his gunshot wounds upon arrival at the nearest hospital.
Pursuit operations are being conducted by our forces to apprehend these terrorists. Likewise, immediate and appropriate actions have been extended to the survivors of PFC Debuton including giving of due assistance and benefits.
The Community Support Program or CSP is being undertaken by the Philippine Army to transform conflict-affected areas into progressive and sustainable communities through collective and collaborative efforts with local government units and line agencies.
This is the latest attack of the CNTs in our area, who have been conducting terrorist actions in other parts of the country as well. It can be recalled that the President declared a state of national emergency on account of lawless violence in the Provinces of Samar, Negros Provinces, and Bicol Region based on the Memorandum Order Number 32 dated November 22, 2018.
In his statement, Maj. Gen. Raul M. Farnacio, AFP Commander, 8ID said, “I would like to convey my condolences to the bereaved family, friends, and loved ones of PFC Debuton who offered the supreme sacrifice while performing his duty.”
“Your Army will be more steadfast in its campaign, now, that we are under a state of national emergency, in suppressing lawless elements from sowing fear in the hearts and minds of vulnerable communities located in remote areas. These terrorists are depriving the people to act, think, and live normally,” Farnacio added.