BUTUAN CITY- Three people were killed while six others were wounded in an ambush followed by landmine explosions along provincial road in Sitio Ban-as, Barangay Mahayag, San Miguel, Surigao del Sur in the evening of Holy Wednesday, the military said.
Apart from the two dead soldiers, a civilian also was killed while a companion was wounded as the NPA rebels ambushed a military convoy and detonated landmines.
In an official report filed by 401st Infantry Battalion Public Affairs Officer Captain Jasper T. Gacayan, the soldiers belonging to 41st Division Recon Company and 4th Field Artillery Battalion were on a convoy of four military trucks when an undetermined number of NPA rebels attacked them.
Gacayan said that as the military trucks stopped to assess the damage, the rebels fired on the convoy, killing two soldiers and wounding five others. The rest of the soldiers disembarked and engaged the NPA rebels in a firefight.
Dead on the spot were Army Sgt. Luisilo Pastor, Army Corporal Rey Esmalde Gerzon and a civilian Danilo Sumaoy Bendanillo.
Five other soldiers were critically wounded.
Gacayan said the NPA rebels planted landmines which violated the United Nation’s recognized (Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law.
In Gingoog City, a council member and four other people were killed during a Holy Week violence in Misamis Oriental, police said.
Councilor Mark Bagaipo, 43, was shot by an unidentified assailant.
Four other persons were shot in a spate of violence with the gunmen using .45 caliber pistols, police said.