TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- A soldier died in an encounter with suspected communist rebels in Echague, Isabela on Sunday night, November 12.
In an official statement, the 5th Infantry Division (5ID) identified the fatality as Corporal Denver Banban.
The 5ID said soldiers from 86th Infantry Battalion clashed with suspected members of CPP-NPA-NDF in Echague town.
Army said they are still verifying the number of rebels killed.
Meanwhile, 5ID through Commander Major General Paul Talay Atal extended sympathies to the family of Banan. Atal said they will also extend full help and support to Banban’s bereaved family.
“Ang ipinamalas na katapangan ni Cpl Banban at ang pagbubuwis ng kaniyang buhay upang magkaroon ng katahimikan ang mga kanayunan ay isang bagay na dapat hangaan,” Atal said in the release.
The 5ID commander also said they will continue their operations as locals are now coordinating with the military to rid rebels in the area. Northernforum.net