Three members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines were killed by the latest election-related violent incidents that transpired today.
In Agao-ao village in Ragay town, Camarines Sur, the security patrol led by Sgt Emberto of the 49th Infantry Battalion was engaged by suspected NPA bandits at around 4:00am.
A militiaman lay dead while two others were wounded in the said early morning clash. The soldiers were deployed to prevent violent attacks during the election period.
In Kalinga province, two soldiers were killed while 5 others were wounded when the KM 450 truck carrying PCOS machines was waylaid by heavily armed gunmen at around 9:30am.
The military escorts led by Cpt Dominador Tarranza retaliated to defend themselves and to extricate the casualties.
The wounded soldiers were brought to a local hospital in Lubuagan town for treatment.
Army soldiers are directed to take extra measures in order to prevent atrocities during the election period.
Despite the incident, the soldiers remain committed in performing their mandate of serving the people.