A SOLDIER was killed while another one was wounded when suspected members of New People’s Army (NPA) ambushed them yesterday morning in Catanduanes.
The fatality was identified as Pfc. Edel Llamas while taken the Eastern Bicol Medical Center for treatment was Pfc. Elisio N. Gran who sustained a gunshot wound in the right leg.
Reports reaching Camp Aguinaldo revealed that the ambush occurred at around 1:30 a.m. in San Miguel, Catanduanes.
According to Lt. Col. Rod Batang, commanding officer of the Army’s 83rd Infantry Battalion, the victims came from a security patrol to protect a hydroelectric plant in Soling village in San Miguel when they were ambushed.
Batang said Llamas saved 29 other soldiers who were with him by providing suppressive fires under heavy rebels fires allowing a platoon to unload the truck and take cover.
“Pfc. Llamas provided suppressive fires against the rebels with his K3 sub-machinegun despite under heavy enemy fires. This brave act allowed the rest of the platoon to unload the truck then engage the NPA rebels in a five-minute firefight before the rebels retreated,” Batang said.
One of the members of the platoon recalled him shouting, “Baba na, baba na, ako na bahala dito,” Llamas was quoted to have as he fired his K3 sub-machine gun toward the ambushers.
It was learned that NPA rebels threatened the public to destroy the hydroelectric plant when their extortion demands were denied by the management.