Thursday, August 09, 2012

Army patrol waylaid by lawless elements in Lanao del Sur

MARAWI CITY-  Army soldiers who are conducting security patrol here were ambushed by heavily armed men late last night (Wednesday). 

The 14-man strong patrol belonging to the 65th Infantry Battalion led by Lt Col Siegred Espina, was on board a KM 450 truck when they were fired upon by undetermined number of gunmen in the Mindanao State University campus grounds at around 9:00 pm.

The soldiers fought back the attackers who fled after inflicting casualties on the government troops, after about 30mins of exchange of fires.

Three soldiers were killed while 10 others were wounded in the attack. The wounded personnel were promptly brought to a local hospital for treatment.

Espina identified the wounded soldiers as Cpl Richard De Jesus, Pfc Romy Obedencio, Pfc Gerardo Ningue, Pfc Charlie Loberos, Pfc Daril Claro, Pfc Jayson Jamco, Pvt Mar Jun Vila, Pvt Arnel Naingue, Pvt Eugenali Remotique and Pfc Robinson Gonzaga.

Meanwhile, Espina named the three dead soldiers asPfc Rodel Alada, Pfc Brucelee Puyod and Pfc Rogem Polenzo. All of the fatalities came from the provinces of Zamboanga del Sur and North Cotabato.  

Two civilians were wounded while a 10 year old child perished due to bullet wounds, after being caught in the crossfire.

Col Daniel Lucero, the Commander of the 103rd Infantry Brigade, has launched pursuit operations to hunt down the perpetrators of the crime.

Government authorities are looking at the angle of retaliation for the unit's anti-illegal logging operations as the motive of the attack. The unit is also actively  involved in anti-illegal drug campaign in coordination with the PDEA and the local police.

The 9th Infantry Division has started processing the financial benefits due to the families of the slain soldiers.

The 65th Infantry Battalion is a unit from the 9th Infantry Division that was augmented to the troops of the 103rd Infantry Brigade in keeping the peace in Lanao del Sur. 

As part of its mandate, soldiers are conducting security patrols in downtown Marawi City, including the MSU campus in order to check the presence of lawless elements.


  1. 65th IB PA based in Marawi...stay safe. God bless you all.

  2. Thanks Dorie, they are okay now. They will continuously serve to help curb lawlessness there in coordination with the local police.

  3. every week nalang palagi may casualties sa mga sundalo natin... ganun nalang ba talaga..... sana lang mag ingat kayo lahat at wag gawin picnic ang opn.. o kaya sight seeing lang ang isang location.... kawawa talaga yung enlisted personnel...ingat at mabuhay ang army salamat sa serbisyo ninyo para sa bayan