MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon (DWDD) – Army troopers encounter members of the New People’s Army with 2 confirmed death and several wounded. The encounter happened in the hinterlands of Bukidnon when the government forces conducted combat operations last May 05, 2017 at Sitio Lamana, Brgy. Kibalabag, Malaybalay City.
According to 1LT Erwin P Bugarin, Civil-Military officer of the 8th Infantry “Dependable” Battalion , one of the NPA killed in the skirmishes was left by his comrades after the encounter. The civilians populace of Barangay Kibalabag and LGU of Malaybalay assisted the soldier were assisted in transport of lifeless body of the NPA member to the funeral parlor. After the family had confirmed the identity of the cadaver, as Jimmy Sante Ama.
The slain rebel was tagged as one of the suspect in the murder of the late Mayor Mario T. Okinlay of Impasugong, Bukidnon last July 2, 2014. Jimmy Ama has a warrant of arrest for this case.
The incident would not have led to killings if we had peace or have considered resorting to peaceful means to resolve the issue. This would have prevented all these. The Philippine Army embraces the idea that in order for us to attain peace, we must all work together in settling our indifferences. Armed struggle was never a solution towards just and lasting peace. 8IB CMO / MCAG