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2 ‘Sparu’ members, 2 civilians killed in Eastern Samar

TWO alleged members of the Special Partisan Unit (Sparu) of the New People’s Army, along with two other civilians, were killed during two separate encounters in Sulat, Eastern Samar Friday, August 16.

Authorities said the first shooting happened at around 3 p.m. Friday at the cockpit arena of Barangay Maglipay in Sulat.

The alleged Sparu members were engaged in a firefight against two civilians identified as Juancho Mabahin Basada, legal age, former Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit (Cafgu) active auxiliary member, and Winifredo Guballo, 53, both residents of Barangay Baybay in the said town.

The encounter resulted to the instantaneous death of one of the Sparu and wounding of the two civilians who were brought to the nearest hospital but declared dead by the attending physicians afterwards, according to the police report.

Army personnel and policemen from Sulat Municipal Station led Lieutenant Antonico Docena who conducted a hot pursuit operation against the other fleeing Sparu also killed the latter after engaging in another firefight.

Police are investigating the incident. (Ronald O. Reyes/SunStar Philippines)


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