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PIA Press Release
2010/05/09

Armed men ambush Army troops; kill 1 soldier, wound another

Tacloban City (May 9) -- On or about 9:55 in the morning of May 7, 2010, elements of Bravo Coy, 34th Infantry Battalion of the 8th Infantry Division were ambushed by armed men while conducting foot patrol at Barangay Bag-otan, Matuguinao, Samar.

Reports coming from the PNP Media Center for HOPE 2010 identified the armed men as Tony Velarde, alias Tonggao Borden, Enisito Floquencio, Fidang Florencio, Betty Sorio, alias Tambotso Anterio, alias Bornok Morillo, Emed Casaljay, Nestor R. Mesario, Yobit Dias, Demas Obiado, Jelita Velarde, Wilma dela Cruz and Edwin Floquencio.

The firefight which ensued lasted for about fifteen (15) minutes, resulting to the death of CPL Roel Alao and the wounding of PFC Noriel Mengote.

The suspects scampered to unknown direction after the incident, the report stated.

The Matuguinao Police Station is currently conducting thorough investigation after which it will file appropriate charges in court against the perpetrators.

Despite the incident, Police Regional Director Rey Lanada said that the peace and order condition of the Region is still normal and everything is under control with the combined operatives of the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines under the Comelec supervision. (PIA 8) [top]

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