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NPA harassment at Army patrol base

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By Francis Wakefield

A government soldier was wounded after an attack staged by New People’s Army (NPA) guerrillas in an Army patrol base in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental on Thursday, January 10.

Col. Benedict Arevalo, the chief of the Army’s 303rd Brigade, said about seven to nine Communist NPA terrorists attacked the Hilamonan Temporary Patrol Base in Barangay Hilamonan, Kabankalan City under the 62nd Infantry Battalion at about 7:45 p.m.

Arevalo said an intermittent firefight ensued for about 15 minutes after which the NPAs withdrew towards Brgy. Buenavista, Himamaylan City where an NPA encampment was seized last January 1, 2019 by troops of the 62nd Infantry Battalion.

The incident resulted in the wounding of Corp. Andin Jamison in his right thigh.

With the latest NPA attack, Arevalo reminded troops to be more aggressive and vigilant at all times.

“Moreover, I also encourage the civilian populace to continuously support the government forces and report any NPA activities in their area in order to prevent NPA terroristic activities in the community,” Arevalo said.

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