Maco, Compostela Valley Province- Peace and Development Team of 71st Infantry Battalion in Brgy Elizalde Maco Compostela Valley Province was fired upon by New People's Army 6:45 in the morning today, April 24, 2013.
Three unarmed members of Peace and Development while in the market place of the barangay was fired upon by undetermined number of NPAs.
The civilian populace hid the two unarmed soldiers when the NPA were about to approach them while the other one named Pfc Jesus Tomas (Inf) PA was instantly grabbed and mercilessly dragged away by New people's Army.
LIEUTENANT COLONEL JERRY T BORJA INF (GSC) PA, 71IB Commander said, " This act of New People’s Army is clearly out of their frustration to stop the success of Maco in gaining Peace and Development. They attacked the unarmed government forces without considering the presence of civilians that may be caught in crossfire."
"We will not stop in pursuing our ultimate goal that is to give way to peace and development especially now that we are being supported by the populace", Borja added.