LUCENA City -- Two Army soldiers belonging to a responding troops on a reported burning of a Globe cell site were wounded in ambush carried out by a band of fully armed men believed to be New People’s Army (NPA) rebelsin Bgy. Ajos, Catanauan, Quezon.
Reports gathered at Catanauan Police Station identified the wounded troopers as Cpls. Dennis Moran and Humphry Cabilogan, both assigned at the Alpha Company of the Army’s 85th Infantry Battalion.
It was learned that one of the victims sustained a gunshot wound in the neck while the other was hit in the shoulder.
Reports said the victims were among the 24 soldiers, led by 1Lt Patrick Joey Mercader, based in Bgy. Bagupaye, Mulanay, Quezon, who were headed to Bgy. Tuhian, Catanauan, where a Globe cell site burning took place.
While on their way to the site onboard a km450, the soldiers were ambushed by heavily armed men who served as blocking force, resulting in the wounding of Moran and Cabilogan at 10:45 p.m.
A firefight ensued until the suspected rebels withdrew toward the forested portion of the village.
It was learned that at 7:45 p.m. or three hours before the ambush, 10 heavily armed suspected rebels, all clad in military uniforms, barged into a compound of Globe Telecom cell site in Bgy. Tuhian.
After disarming the security guard, the suspects set the company’s three generators on fire, using three containers of gasoline.
After carrying out the mission, the suspects immediately left the place, leaving the security guard unharmed.
Elements of Quezon Provincial Public Safety Company, under Chief Insp. William Angway, and Catanauan police force, under Chief Insp. Jaytee Tiongco were dispatched to run after the fleeing rebels.