Combined members of the Army’s 202nd Infantry Brigade, Laguna Provincial Public Safety Company (LPPSC) and Luisiana Municipal Police Station yesterday conducted clearing operations in Sitio Pantay, Bgy. Antonio. Luisiana, Laguna, where a landmine reportedly planted by the New People’s Army (NPA) rebels exploded Wednesday morning, leaving five government troops and two civilians wounded.
Police identified the wounded government troopers as Cafgu member Domingo Garcillas, Sgt. Marvin Bagaboro, Cpl. Zaldy Lebantino, Cpl. Teejay Antonio, Pfc. Jeff Ray Gatlabayan and two civilians.
The armed encounter transpired at the boundary of Bgy. San Antonio and Bgy. San Jose, Luisiana, between troops from the Army 202nd IB and an undetermined number of suspected NPA rebels.
According to the Army’ troopers, they were on board a military vehicle and V-150 APC travelling along Cavinti-Lusiana Road when a landmine exploded and later attacked by the NPA rebels, who were pre-positioned in the said area at 3:12 p.m.
Meanwhile, in Majayjay, Laguna, suspected NPA rebels and government troops also clashed three days ago, wounding a Cafgu (Citizens Armed Forces Geographical Unit) member.
In a statement, Majayjay Mayor Jojo Clado said the situation is already under military and police control.