(UPDATED) 2 soldiers killed in Albay ambush

CAMP GUILLERMO NAKAR, Lucena City - Two soldiers were shot to death by NPA rebels in Brgy. Anislag, Daraga, Albay at around 7:40am today.

The fallen soldiers were identified as Pfc. Dario Manaois and Pfc. Jayrom Zambrona.

According to Lt. Col Perfecto Peñaredondo, Commanding Officer of the 2nd Infantry Battalion in Albay, the two were on their way to an evacuation center when the attack happened.

The soldiers, who were in civilian clothes, were on their way to perform their marketing duties.They were assigned and detailed as security personnel on the evacuations centers of Anislag.

At around 7:45 am, however, the two soldiers encountered at least five NPAs who were armed with high-powered firearms. 

A sporadic firefight ensued.

The attack lasted for five minutes before the NPAs dispersed in different directions. 

This incident prompted Colonel Raul Farnacio, Commander of the 901st Bde in Albay to direct the deployment of other units to track down the perpetrators. 

In view of this, the SOLCOM has expressed its condolences to the family of the two soldiers killed by the attack.

It expressed its lamentation noting that the NPA rebels appear to be targeting soldiers rendering humanitarian assistance.

Despite the attack, the SOLCOM reiterated its commitment to its mandate to provide humanitarian assistance and to continue with its operations which are geared towards a more peaceful region.

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