DAVAO CITY – The New People’s Army on weekend launched separate attacks in Davao region injuring 19 individuals and killing four others.

The Army on Sunday reported that the first incident happened in Sitio Kialaw, Barangay Malabog, Paquibato district where soldiers from the 69th Infantry Battalion sustained two casualties after they were ambushed by the NPA with its command detonated explosives at around 12:00 noon.

Private First Class Johnhill Victor Alarcon was killed  and Corporal Ramil Aquino was wounded.

Soldiers also engaged the NPA in Sitio Bal-ong, Barangay Malabog, Paquibato District around 4:30 in the afternoon, Saturday where three soldiers including an officer and two enlisted personnel were hit by gunshots and shrapnel wounds.

2nd Lieutenant Earl Jun Atucha, Sargeant Maynard de Guzman and Cpl Allan Paul Salvador are now being treated at the hospital.

The NPAs reportedly belong to Guerilla Front 56 and Pulang Bagani Company 1 (PBC 1) of the Southern Mindanao Regional Committee (SMRC) in Paquibato District.

Meanwhile, the NPAs also exploded explosives along Kilometer 11, Barangay Cabuyoan, Mabini town in Compostela Valley around 6:30 pm on Saturday.

The army said a soldier and a member of the Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit Active Auxiliary (CAA) were killed, while 14 soldiers were slightly injured after the blast. (davaotoday.com)

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