An Army soldier, who was slightly injured by New People’s Army rebels on Thursday night in Brgy. Hilamonan, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental, is now in a stable condition, Col. Benedict Arevalo, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, said yesterday.
Arevalo said the Cpl. Andin Jamison, a member of the 62nd Infantry Battalion, was hit when about seven to nine NPA rebels fired at a temporary detachment in Sitio Cabangahan, Brgy. Hilamonan, Kabankalan City.
The intermittent firefight lasted for 15 minutes, and the communist rebels withdrew towards Brgy. Buenavista, Himamaylan City, where a rebel encampment was seized on January 1 by soldiers of the 62nd Infantry Battalion, Arevalo said.
The military has yet to determine if the NPA also suffered casualties, he said.
Arevalo said he believes that the harassment was in retaliation to the arrest of their two leaders last week in Sagay City, and the seizure of their camp in Himamaylan City.
Ka JB Regalado, spokesman of the Leonardo Panaligan Command, in a statement yesterday claimed that their series of military operations were successful, despite the order of Arevalo to launch an attack against them.
Regalado added that the denial of the Philippine Army of their successful sniping operations indicated that the Armed Forces had been hiding their casualties.
Arevalo earlier dismissed as a mere hallucination of the NPA its claim that it had killed government forces.*
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