3 soldiers dead, 13 others injured in NPA ambush in Kalinga

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This one of the two Army trucks carrying the soliders that NPA rebels ambushed.

Kalinga (CNN Philippines) — New People's Army rebels ambushed a convoy of soldiers in Kalinga on Monday night (July 27), killing three of them and wounding 13 others.

Supt. Cherry Fajardo, spokesperson of the Police Regional Office-Cordillera, on Tuesday morning (July 28) said the soldiers belonged to the  51st Division Reconnaissance Company and the 50th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army, led by 2nd Lt. John Rey Remedios.

They were aboard two trucks on their way back to their tactical command posts in Sitio Allangigan, Pinukpuk when an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded at the right portion of the road.

Fajardo said the troops had just come from an Oplan Bayanihan operation in Poswoy, Balbalan in Kalinga.

According to the Kalinga Police Provincial Office, at around 11 p.m., the soldiers were met with gunfire by a group of about 30 rebels positioned at an elevated portion of the road.

The troops retaliated, but the rebels continued spraying them with bullets. The firefight lasted for around 25 minutes.

The three fatalities were identified as Pfc. Bryan Massagan of Lubo, Tanudan, Kalinga; Sgt. Benjie Paliw of Pinukpuk, Kalinga, and Sgt. Daryl Amiling of Lubuagan

Thirteen other government troopers sustained injuries in the crossfire between rebels and soldiers that followed after the explosion.

The injured were identified as

Cpl. Diony Patacsil

Pfc. Lunes Ambatang

Pfc. Ryan Guerero

Pfc. Jose Gayudan

Pfc. Raymund Vasquez

Pfc. Jomar Gammad

Pfc. Gilbert Ramirez

Pfc. Nestor Roque Jr.

Pfc. Dante Mauricio

Pfc. Henry Coloma

Pfc. Richard Bartolome

Pfc. Randel Villadolid

Pfc. Johnson Carig.

All, except for Gammad, who is from the 50th IB, were members of the 51st Division Reconnaissance Company (DRC) based in Kapanikian, Pinukpuk, Kalinga.