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Soldier Securing a Developmental Project Gunned Down by Rebels in Camarines Sur



CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur – One personnel from 42nd Infantry Battalion, identified as Pfc Edmhol Rey C Caceres was shot dead by suspected NPA members in Pagoring Nuevo, Libmanan Camarines Sur, 9:00 am today, October 31.

The victim is a member of a squad of 42nd Infantry Battalion tasked to secure a developmental project (6km farm to market road from San Isidro to Bahao) and construction equipment (such as backhoe, dump truck, and steam roller) of KALAHI CIDS.

Pfc Caceres with other personnel went on marketing (on foot) at a nearby market, approximately 500 meters away from their Temporary Patrol Base, when more or less 2 NPAs shot the victim. Pfc Caceres sustained gunshot wounds at his head and back which causes his instantaneous death.

The perpetrators fled bringing one M16 rifle from the victim. Pursuit operation to the fleeing rebels was conducted.

Meanwhile, 2 suspected members of Platoon 2, Larangan Gerilya 1, Camarines Sur were arrested at a nearby checkpoint. A cal. 38 was recovered in their possession. They were brought to PNP Libmanan for investigation and proper disposition.

9Id condemns the NPA’s liquidation operations which is their treacherous tactics. This incident may be their response to the recently killed comrades in Juban, Sorsogon wherein 3 NPAs were killed and High Powered Fire Arms were recovered.

Military personnel are being reminded to be extra vigilant to all their undertakings.

BGen Ferdinand M Quidilla, newly installed Commander of 9ID said “the Philippine Army in Bicol will continue to secure flagship projects of the government that mainly contribute to the development especially in rural areas which is great help to the residents their”.