The Philippine Army honored the three fallen soldiers from the 94th Infantry Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division who were treacherously killed by the CPP-NPA terrorists on April 19, 2020 while conducting a security patrol in Sitio Tugas, Brgy. Carabalan, Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental.
While conducting security patrol for the distribution of the government’s Social Amelioration Program for the affected families due to COVID-19, the troops responded to the repeated report of the local residents about the presence of CNTs who were conducting extortion and recruitment activities in the community.
The encounter resulted to a 30 minute firefight, followed by the landmine detonation that killed 2nd Lt. Ralf Almante C. Abibico, Cpl. Joel C. Nobleza, and Pfc. Carl Venice S. Bustamante. Four soldiers were also wounded by the detonation.
“We honor the sacrifice of our three fallen soldiers in Negros Occidental who fought gallantly in protecting our people against the threat brought by the CPP-NPA Terrorists while doing their duty to deliver services to combat Covid-19. Their sacrifice will motivate us to continue our mission with formidable resolve and bring lasting peace to our country.” said the Commanding General, Philippine Army, Lt. Gen. Gilbert Gapay. PHILIPPINE ARMY