Army: Fight vs NPA will go on-A A +A
Thursday, May 5, 2011
COLONEL Abraham Bagasin, head of the First Scout Ranger Regiment of the Philippine Army, said Wednesday the fight for peace and preservation of democracy will continue despite the loss of lives of soldiers in the field.
Bagasin personally went to Negros Oriental Wednesday to boost the morale of the troopers from the 1st Scout Ranger Battalion after one of its officers was killed in an encounter with an estimated 20 New People’s Army (NPA) in Sta. Catalina town, Negros Oriental.
The commanding officer of the 2nd Scout Ranger Company was killed while scores of rebels were also believed wounded in a running gun battle in Sitio Avocado, Barangay Talalak, Sta. Catalina town, Negros Oriental arout 9 a.m. last May 3, 2011.
The slain Army officer was identified as Capt. Wilson Montenegro, commanding officer of the 2nd Scout Ranger Company of the 1st Scout Ranger Battalion based in Moises Padilla town, Negros Occidental.
Another soldier Pfc. Rocky Javier of the 1st Scout Ranger Company was also wounded.
“Do not be demoralized,” Bagasin told the troops.
According to Lt. Col. Ariel Felicidario, 1st SRB commander, one section of the 2nd SCR led by Montenegro, while on combat operations, encountered more or less 20 rebels believed to be elements of the South Eastern Front.
Montenegro was believed to have been hit in the ensuing firefight between the rebels and the government forces.
Felicidario said they believed there were also casualties on the part of the rebels but no bodies were recovered yet as of press time.
He added, after a few hours, another section from the 1st Scout Ranger Company under Lt. Cabugon encountered the group of rebels in the same area with the NPA rebels withdrawing.
Montenegro, 33, was from Cagayan Valley in Luzon and assumed as commanding officer of the 2nd SRC in September 2010 from Capt. Clemente Go who completed his two year stint in the said unit and was transferred to the 4th Scout Ranger Battalion in Basilan.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on May 05, 2011.