2 soldiers injured in clash with Bandits in Davao Oriental

Camp Panacan, Davao City - Two soldiers were wounded following a brief encounter between government troops of 67th Infantry Battalion and Communist Terrorists New People’s Army (NPA) in Sitio Caningag, Barangay Cabasagan, Boston, Davao Oriental on Saturday at about 4:50 in the aftrnoon.

“The troops were on patrol responding to the civilian complaints of the presence of armed bandits roaming around their place when the armed bandits fired upon the troops,” Lt Col Lyndon Paniza said. “These groups of bandit NPAs are the same group responsible in murdering innocent civilians. Last December 2009 an old woman identified as Mrs. Rosalinda Clata, 55 years old and a 13 year-old girl, Memilyn Moreno was also murdered by the NPAs last February 13 2010,”Paniza added.

According to Lt Col Ruben Basiao, Commander of 67th Infantry Battalion, these armed bandits also are the ones roaming around the province of Davao Oriental, and some parts of Monkayo, ComVal Province, not only to harass the military and police camps but also to conduct extensively their extortion activities to small and big business companies, arson of road construction equipments and privately owned trucks last 2009 and 2010.

“We will continue to seize these bandits who were keeping on their atrocities to destroy peace and development efforts in the area because the civilians do not want bandits and criminals in their communities,” Lt Col Ruben Basiao said.

The 30-minute exchange of fire resulted to 2 soldiers slightly injured, treated immediately by the troop’s first aiders. The two are now in Camp Panacan Station Hospital for their recovery.

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