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6 soldiers paid the ultimate sacrifice for peace in Samar

April 23, 2019

CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan City – The Community Support Program (CSP) team from 46th Infantry (Peacemaker) Battalion, 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, Philippine Army encountered CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs) at Brgy. Beri, Calbiga, Samar on April 23, 2019 at 2:45 a.m.

Based on the initial report from Lt. Col. Noel A. Cagasan, Commanding Officer of 46IB, his troops were conducting security patrol at the said vicinity to check the presence of CNTs conducting extortion at the adjacent barangay when they encountered undetermined numbers of CNTs.

Six government soldiers showed heroism by paying ultimate sacrifice by offering their lives in the name of service and welfare of the Samareños. Six (6) soldiers are also wounded. There were undetermined number of wounded on the enemy side as indicated by blood stains along the way of their escape.

Maj. Gen. Raul M. Farnacio, Commander, Joint Task Force “STORM” directed a pursuit operation against the fleeing CNTs and acknowledge the civilians for providing the information on the presence and activities of the CNTs.

In his statement, Maj. Gen. Farnacio said that “I convey my deepest condolences to the families, relatives, friends, and loved ones to our unsung heroes who paid the ultimate supreme sacrifice for peace and development in Eastern Visayas.” The command ensures that the necessary assistance and benefits will be given to them.

“Itong pangyayaring ito ay hindi makakahadlang at hindi magiging rason para ihinto ng inyong kasundaluhan bagkus lalo pa nating paiigtingin at pag-iigihan ang pagseserbisyo sa ating mga mahal na kababayang Samareño.”

“Hindi natin sila tatantanan, hindi natin hahayaan na mabalewala ang mga sugat at mga buhay na nasakripisyo ng ating mga magigiting na sundalo. Para sa bayan at sa ating mga kababayan,” Farnacio added.