By Marie Marticio
TACLOBAN CITY – The Army 63rd Infantry (Innovator) Battalion condemns the killing of a soldier tasked to secure the Samar Road Project in Brgy. EJ Dulay, Laoang, Northern Tuesday (May 21).
2nd Lt. Lyle Navarro, Civil-Military Operation Officer of the 63rd IB identified the victim as Cpl. Alex Saliwan.
“Protecting vital development programs of our government like road constructions in the countryside is not that easy where the communist-NPA-terrorists always work against the completion of these projects. This barbaric and terroristic act of the NPAs affects the development of our community.”
Police reports disclosed that a squad from temporary patrol base of 63rd IB led by SSgt. Ariel Bariguez was waylaid by around 50 suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) at around 4 A.M. while preparing for their security patrol.
The firefight lasted for about 30 minutes. Two guerilla fighters were reported dead and several wounded, while the assailants withdrew towards different directions.
PLtCol. Bella Rentuaya, Police Regional Office 8 information officer said the troop also lost 1 R3 rifle and 1 HH Harris Radio.