Eastern Samar

2 soldiers die, child injured in NPA Eastern Samar raid

Jazmin Bonifacio
2 soldiers die, child injured in NPA Eastern Samar raid

ATTACK. Communist rebels attack Barangay Dorillo, in Jipapad town, Eastern Samar several months after the village council declared underground communist groups persona non grata.

The 8th Infantry Division believes the attackers come from the  Regional Guerrilla Unit of the Eastern Visayas Regional Party Committee

CATBALOGAN, Philippines – New People’s Army rebels killed two soldiers and wounded a child and two other government troops when they attacked Barangay Dorillo, in Jipapad town, Eastern Samar on Friday morning, October 7.

Colonel Perfecto Peñaredondo, commander of the 803rd Infantry Brigade said rebels swooped in around 1:30 am. 

Killed were Staff Sergeant John Claire Flores and Private First Class Mark Edupancho Sisca. Injured were Sergeant Allan Tallania and Private First Class Lou Mark Mengote, and a ten-year-old girl.

All the soldiers were from the 52nd Infantry Battalion of the Army’s 8th Infantry Division (ID).

Peñaredondo said their families have been informed of their deaths.

Responding troops have retrieved the bodies of the slain soldiers and taken the injured to hospitals.

“The CPP-NPA attacked at the holiest hour of the night when locals are already in bed,” said Peñaredondo. 

He said the targeting of civilians is a violation of the International Humanitarian Law and Republic Act 9851 of 2009, which defines and penalizes crimes against international humanitarian law.

Eastern Samar Governor Ben Evardone condemned the attack on the village. 

“This act is totally irresponsible, we are working for peace and development in the province and region,” the governor said in a taped video.  

“I just came from the nearby municipality of Maslog to deliver government services. This action will not deter us from pursuing our commitment to bring peace and development to our people,” Evardone said.

Peñaredondo said rebels launched the attack “out of desperation,” and to strike fear into civilians during a time of festivity.

The Barangay Council of Dorillo declared the CPP-NPA-NDF as persona-non-grata in their village in March 2020

The  8th Infantry Division public affairs chief Captain Ryan Layug said the unit that attacked Barangay Dorillo was the  Regional Guerrilla Unit (RGU) of the Eastern Visayas Regional Party Committee (EVRPC). 

The main task of RGU is to safeguard rebel leaders and carry out major attacks.

The 8ID and the Joint Task Force Storm on Samar island scored a major victory against the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) on August 22, when a boat carrying suspected top rebels exploded, killing eight of them.

Before that big strike, troops also killed or captured several high-ranking officers of the CPP’s EVRPC.

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Peñaredondo said the 52IB Mobile Community Support Sustainment Team has been stationed in the barangay to “service, coordinate, and validate” community projects under Barangay Development Program of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC).

“We will give our slain heroes the highest honors,” said the officer, who pledged that troops would not abandon Eastern Samar residents. – Rappler.com

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