18 wounded soldiers cited

OFFICIALS of the Eastern Mindnao Command and the Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao (NFEM) cited 18 soldiers wounded while performing their duty at the Camp Panacan in Davao City.

Army's 10th Infantry Division (ID) commander Major General Rafael Valencia visited the wounded soldiers and honored them at the Camp Panacan Station Hospital last Friday.

Captain Rhyan Batchar, 10th Infantry Division spokesperson, said the wounded soldiers were assigned from Paquibato District in Davao City and Mabini town in Compostela Valley.

She added that they were hurt during the encounters last December 11 and 12 in their areas.

The Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) and NFEM also rendered departure honor to the late Private First Class (Pfc.) Johnhill Victor Alarcon, Valencia said.

He added that the three offices also distributed gift packs to the wounded soldiers.

Batchar recalled that on December 11 and 12, the troops of 69th Infantry Battalion (IB) engaged in a series of armed engagements in Barangay Malabog, Paquibato District, Davao City.

The first incident happened when the platoon of 69IB was hit by landmine explosion where Pfc. Johnhill Victor Alarcon was killed and another enlisted personnel was wounded.

This was followed by another encounter when the reinforcing soldiers of 69IB pursued the fleeing New People's Army (NPA) rebels that resulted to wounding of the three soldiers.

On December 12, another soldier and a Cafgu member died and 14 others were hurt after a landmine explosion hit their platoon while conducting Peace and Development Outreach Program (PDOP) in Mabini, Compostela Valley.

Two civilians were also killed during the blast while travelling along the barangay road of Cabuyuan.

Valencia said that the division will continue to serve the people of Davao Region despite suffering several casualties.

He added the body of Pfc Alarcon was already airlifted Sunday morning to Iloilo City.
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