Suspected members of the New People’s Army ambushed on Friday a convoy of military trucks that had just delivered relief goods to Typhoon Nona victims in Samar and was heading back to pick up more goods for delivery later that day, military officials said.
Two soldiers were wounded in the attack.
PNP Region 8 spokesman Chief Inspector Mark Nalda identified the injured as Private First Class (PFC) Roel Dalaota, assigned at the 546th Army Engineering Brigade, and PFC Jay Sercado, who is with the 83rd Recon Co.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) strongly condemned the ambush in its statement: “This clearly shows the NPA’s disregard to the plight of our brothers and sisters in Samar who were devastated by the onslaught of storm Nona. This is also a clear indication that the NPAs continuously and deliberately conduct atrocities against our troops and public servants who are only doing their job to alleviate the suffering experienced by storm victims in Visayas.”
The convoy—an M35 Truck, one Mignon Civilian Vehicle, and a mini-dump truck—was led by 1st Lt. Fritz F. Perez, with two civilians from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on board—was on its way back to the Office of the Civil Defense, Region 8, Tacloban City, after transporting the relief goods to the typhoon victims of Eastern Samar.
The group was going to gather more relief goods for the typhoon victims when they were ambushed by the rebels in the boundary of Barangays Madalunot and Pahug in the town of Pinabacdao.