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PIA Press Release
2008/11/17

2 soldiers killed as bomb hits military truck in Maasim, Sarangani

ICC General Santos City (November 17) -- 2 soldiers were killed while a KM450 troop carrier truck was partially damaged when elements of the 73rd Infantry Battalion (IB) came across a "command detonated Improvised Explosive Device (IED)," treacherous placed beside a concrete culvert side along the road at the boundary of Barangays Lumatil and Pananag, both of Maasim, Sarangani Province on Saturday (November 15).

According to 73rd IB Commander Lt Col Edgardo de Leon, the incident happened at about 1:20 am Saturday while three military vehicles ferried the troops back to the battalion from a community development works in the barangays of Daliao and Pananag, "as part of alliance-building and establishing trust and confidence among Muslim dominated communities."

De Leon expressed remorse over the incident, saying "this implies that the LMG still doesn't want peace and order to reign in the province."

"Despite the community works, rehabilitation program and peace and development programs conducted in the area, Lawless MILF Group (LMG's) still conducts atrocities in the community that hamper progress and slows down the attainment of peace and development in the area, he said."

Moreover, de Leon made sure that the 73IB will "continue to conduct pursuit operations to neutralize the perpetrators and shall continue to haunt them until justice will prevail for the bereaved families of slain soldiers and peace is reestablished in Sarangani."

The fatalities were identified as PFC JUNTY GUSTILO and PVT ROMEL C DALAYAP both natives of Mindanao Province. (PIA-SarGen) [top]

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