The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) strongly condemns the ambushdone by the NPA against Army troops of 546 Engineering Battalion with 81st Division Reconnaissance Company involved in HADR operations that transpired in Pinabacdao, Samar at 7:30 a.m. today, December 18. Two of our soldiers were wounded in the incident.
Our troops were on their way back to Tacloban City to gather more relief goods to give to victims of typhoon “Nona”. They were with two female personnel from DSWD who were going back to their base at OCD Region 8 when they were waylaid by an undetermined number of NPA rebels in the boundary between Barangays Madalunot and Pahug in the town of Pinabacdao in the Second District of Samar Province.
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.
Rest assured that this attack will not hamper our ongoing HADR operations for the victims of “Nona” who are in need of our help. We will continue with our relief and assistance operations for the victims of the typhoon.