8th ID army chief
condemns ruthless acts of NPAs in North Samar
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY –
Major General Arthur Tabaquero, commanding general of the 8th
Infantry Division based at Camp Lukban, Catbalogan, Samar, condemned
the brutal attack and heartless killing of two soldiers and 2
civilians and the wounding of another soldier, at 1:30 in the
afternoon of May 30, in Barangay Polangi, Catarman town, allegedly, by
the members of the New Peoples Army operating in Northern Samar.
Adona Lira, a young
mother who was about four months pregnant and her less than two years
old daughter Shifra Ann Lira, went to the temporary detachment of the
20th Infantry Battalion section at Barangay Polangi, Catarman,
Northern Samar in the morning of
May 30, 2009, to visit her husband who is a soldier belonging to the
detachment, and also to get the salary of her husband.
Little did Adona know
that it would be the last time to be together as a family; and that
was the last chance for her to see her loved ones.
About 50 communist
terrorists aboard two privately-owned Isuzu Elf trucks and one dump
truck, parked in front of the detachment at about 1:30 in the
afternoon and all at once, threw grenades and fired high-powered
rifles at the temporary detachment of the surprised troopers of the
20th Infantry Battalion section.
Adona and two other
soldiers died, while her soldier husband and her less than two years
old daughter were wounded and brought to a hospital in Tacloban.
Unfortunately, the innocent child, Shifra Ann, died at the hospital.
civilians is a clear violation of the agreement on Comprehensive
Agreement on Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CAHRIL)
and a brazen violation of Humanitarian International Law,” MajGen.
“The military is now
conducting hot pursuit operation on the perpetrators of the merciless
crime,” MajGen. Tabaquero intimated. The owners of the private
vehicles used have already been identified, he added.
The commanding general
also called on the public to provide information on the whereabouts of
those behind this ruthless attack, so that they could be brought to
justice and so that they will no longer be able to repeat the brutal
The commanding officer
disclosed that a section of the 20th Infantry Battalion based at
Calbayog City was temporarily assigned at Barangay Polangi, Catarman,
Northern Samar upon the request of the Northern Samar PENRO because of
alleged illegal logging activities and NPA citing in the area.