Soldiers on marketing duty ambushed, 2 killed

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Protagonists on both sides of a civil strife are supposed to be guided and follow laws and rules pertaining to conduct in the battlefield, but I think they are more disobeyed than followed. Here's a case in point.


A military truck with soldiers and their load of food supply while cruising the 31 km or 19.4- mile Paranas-San Jose de Buan road was ambushed on Friday, May 15, 2015 by an unknown armed group.
Two troopers from the 87th Infantry Battalion were confirmed killed while another was wounded. In the same ambush, a trooper was reported missing, but later found, according to Central Command public affairs chief Lt. Cmdr. Jim Aris Alagao, as confirmed by 8th Infantry Division public affairs office chief Maj. Amado Gutierrez.
Major Gutierrez said the six troopers had gone shopping for army supplies in Catbalogan City and were homeward bound travelling Paranas-San Jose de Buan Road when fired upon by the suspects at about 8:30 a.m.

Picture: 6 armless and on plainclothes 87th IB troopers going home to Buan after purchasing supplies in Catbalogan City were ambushed while cruising the Lokilocon-Buan road.

In civilian attire, the soldiers were not armed

Two of the troopers sustained wounds and were immediately killed while another one was wounded. Two of the six soldiers escaped unhurt.
Operations are underway in hot pursuit to apprehend the suspects responsible for the treacherous killings
Gutierrez said the soldiers had just finished buying supplies in Catbalogan City and were on the way back to their camp in San Jose de Buan when fired upon by the traitor-suspects. The soldiers were all in plain clothes and unarmed at the time of the attack because their mission was just marketing, he said.

Birth of the 87th IB

Maj. Gen. Mario Chan, commander of the Army’s 8th Infantry Division, said the 87th Infantry Battalion will carry out internal security operations in Samar, one of the areas with a huge concentration of communist rebels.
Led by Lt. Col. Leo Madronal, the 87th IB, a battalion of 500 soldiers, was formed last April and underwent training in Barangay Erenas, San Jorge town.
In a statement, Lt. Col. Armand Rico, spokesman of the Army’s 8th Infantry Division, said the 87th Infantry Battalion (IB) will contribute to efforts to curb local terrorist groups and ensure peaceful and credible elections in May 10.
Dubbed as “Hinirang,” the battalion will be headed by Lt. Col. Leo Lorenzo Madroñal and will cover the provinces of Samar and Leyte. It will be supervised by the 8th ID.
The “Hinirang” Battalion was activated a day after the Armed Forces of the Philippines announced that it had formed a new battalion to provide security to Masbate.
The 85th Infantry Battalion deployed to Masbate is composed of 250 soldiers, 190 of whom served in United Nations peacekeeping teams in Liberia and Haiti.

49th IB Accomplishment

Troopers from the 49th Infantry Battalion have recovered 4 NPA improvised explosive devices (IEDs) during security operations at Purok 3, Sitio Palali, Barangay Exciban, Labo town, Camarines Norte Saturday, May 16, 2015
Public Affairs Office Chief of the 9th Infantry Division Capt. Marjorie Paimela Panesa said the 4 IEDs were stashed inside a metal drum, and discovered while the government troops were having routine security operations.

31st IB Accomplishment

Earlier, two IEDs were also recovered by 31st Infantry Battalion during an encounter with New People’s Army forces in Bulusan town, Sorsogon Friday (May 15) morning.
Panesa said the IEDs will be turned over to the Philippine National Police for documentation and disposal.

10th ID Accomplishment

The 10th Infantry Division based in Davao City recorded a total of 56 NPA fighters surrenderees from January to May 15, 2015, which is highlighted by
the voluntary surrender of three ranking NPA leaders on May 13 and 14.
10th Infantry Division commander Major Gen. Eduardo M. Año believed that there’s a brewing demoralization currently taking place at the NPA ranks in Davao Region, causing the rebel fighters to give up arms and embrace the peaceful way of life.
“We are again calling on our brothers who are just deceived by the CPP-NPA propaganda to lay down their arms and embrace a peaceful life with their family in the mainstream society,” Año said.
The surrenderees will be enrolled in the government’s Comprehensive Local Integration Program, where they’ll receive livelihood grants in the form of farm animals, agricultural machineries, motorcycles and other items to use in pursuing their chosen livelihood projects.


  • 6 armless and on plainclothes 87th IB troopers going home to Buan after purchasing supplies in Catbalogan City were ambushed while cruising the Lokilocon-Buan road/ Photo taken by Vino Cuayzon/
  • Centro Mall in Catbalogan City Samar/
  • The activation ceremony was held at 8:30 in the morning at the 8th ID grandstand on Tuesday, April 13, 2010/
  • Ang March for Peace ay isang proyektong inilunsad ng 49th IB na naglalayong ipahatid sa publiko ang mga naging ugat ng pagkakaroon ng makakaliwang-grupo at
  • Mt. Bulusan, in Bulusan, Sorsogon /
  • A photo released by the Philippine Army shows Major General Reynaldo Mapagu, commander of the 10th Infantry Division in Mindanao, hands over cheques to New .../

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author avatar Pollyal
9th Jun 2015 (#)

In old times, as i have heard, soldiers considered it a most shameful act to attack someone unarmed. That shows how brave they truly were. The ambush seems to be an act of cowardice.

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author avatar Retired
9th Jun 2015 (#)

The article captivated my attention right from the beginning till the end.

I salute the brave soldiers.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
10th Jun 2015 (#)

Our prayers for those fallen heroes, this article is very interesting Pare, hopefully this group doesn't destabilize the peace in the Philippines, Unity is the word against those cowards and tugs!

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