2 soldiers abducted; Cafgu killed in ambush

A CAFGU Active Auxiliary (CAA) member was killed while two soldiers were abducted following an ambush allegedly staged by suspected New People's Army (NPA) rebels in Barangay Casoon in Monkayo, Compostela Valley, Wednesday afternoon.

The unidentified militiaman who was detailed at the Casoon Patrol Base in Monkayo was flagged down by the NPA rebels before he was gunned down.

Two unidentified soldiers who were on board the motorcycle were also abducted by the NPA rebels as they were accidentally traversing near the area.

Lieutenant Alexandre F. Cabales, acting spokesperson for the Army's 10th Infantry Division (ID), said they will not release the names of the abducted soldiers yet, as they will have to inform their respective families first.

The two soldiers were assigned at the 25th Infantry Battalion (IB).

Superintendent Antonio Rivera, spokesperson for the Police Regional Office-Davao, said that personnel of the Compostela Valley Provincial Police Office and Monkayo police are now conducting pursuit operation against the suspects.

"Police are now conducting checkpoints for possible identification and apprehension of the NPA rebels along with the abducted soldiers," Rivera told Sun.Star Davao in a text message Friday.

Rivera said the NPA rebels have fled to an unknown direction.

Lieutenant Colonel Mitchel Anayron, commander of the 25th IB, said that according to several eyewitnesses, the attack was perpetrated by members of the NPA's Guerilla Front 3.

The attack was allegedly spearheaded by alias Jinggoy, real name is Zaldy Canete, who is a noted notorious NPA commander.

Canete was previously detained at the Compostela Valley Provincial Jail but was released after posting bail worth P200,000 last July 10.

Major General Rafael Valencia, commander of the 10th Infantry Division (ID), condemned the murder of the Cafgu and kidnapping of the two soldiers.

"I am asking the community to pray for the safety of our soldiers. Rest assured, this incidents will not affect the commitment of 10th ID to bring peace in the region," Valencia said. (KRP)
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