5 dead, 16 soldiers wounded in ABRA
by Maritess Beņas
Lagangilang, Abra (6 February) -- Two separate attacks by the New Peoples' Army (NPAs) on the government soldiers in the municipalities of Tubo and Malibcong last week resulted to the death of five Army troopers and wounding of 16 others.
The casualties were identified as PFC Robert B. Lobhoy, PFC Saldivar W. Anno, PFC Honey N. Mateo, PFC Angelo C. Calderon and PFC Santiago S. Decena.
The wounded soldiers were PFC Ronel Villanueva, PFC Manny L. Marcos, PFC Neceson B. Gemino, PFC Alfredo Ganongan, PFC Abraham B. Bobis, PFC Billy Ray A. Noblado, PFC Conrado H. Torres, PVT Brainard T. Dumondon, PFC Jason D. Pantaleon, and PFC Jayson V. Grutas. They were airlifted to the Abra Provincial Hospital for medical treatment.
In a the pursuit operations that ensued, six more soldiers were injured in the firefight, namely: Sgt Rodolfo P Dombrique Jr., PFC Frank B Nawi, PFC Felix Gac-oy, PFC Antonio B. Allawi, PFC Jaylord B. Reboredo, PFC Glendon L Guillermo, and Pvt Jay-ar M Laman. They were all safely evacuated at Abra Provincial Hospital, Bangued for treatment and eventually to AFP Medical Center, Quezon City in the afternoon of February 2.
The two violent incidents in Brgy. Kili, Tubo and Brgy Mataragan, Malibcong last January 31, 2010 which lasted until the early days of February 1 disrupted the peace efforts in the province since the troopers working in the Kalayaan Barangays Progam (KBP) projects in the different areas had to be stopped for a while due to the battle.
Meanwhile, the UGNAYAN committee is meeting today to plan for more measures to take into action to resolve the again-looming problems of unpeace in the province especially that the May 10, 2010 elections is forthcoming. The UGNAYAN committee will likewise map out plans to sustain and strengthen the projects and activities of the KABSATKO, IPATEGKO Program for the former rebels of Abra. (PIA-Abra) [top]