The Armando Catapia Command of the New People’s Army (NPA-ACC) has owned the April 29 noon attack on a military unit in Barangay M-ot, Labo, Camarines Norte, in which three soldiers were killed.
NPA-ACC said the attack was launched in retaliation for the alleged massacre of two children and their father by troops belonging to the 49th Infantry Battalion. “The massacre happened on February 25 in Purok 6, Barangay Malaya, Labo.
Killed in that incident were Michael Mancera, 10, his brother Richard, 7, and their father Benjamin,“ the NPA local command said. It added that the 10 soldiers at the barangay hall were members of the Oplan Bayanihan-Peace and Development Team (OPB-PDT). Seized during the raid were six M-16 rifles, a K3 squad automatic weapon (SAW), a cal. .45 pistol and a laptop.
Three of the troopers were killed immediately while several others were injured. Among the casualties was 2nd Lt. Eric Estravelio. There was no casualty on the part of the NPA. (Marvyn N. Benaning)