Local News: Ambushed Soldier flown to Manila
The remains of late Lt. Jose Angelo Esguerra, head of the Peace and Development Team (PDT) of the Army’s 47th Infantry Battalion in Cauayan, Negros Occidental, was airlifted to Manila.
With other members of PDT, Lt. Esguerra was enroute back to their camp from the hinterlands Cauayan Tuesday when they were rained with bullets by New People’s Army (NPA) rebels, hitting him and later on succumbed to bullet wounds.
He was pronounced dead on arrival at the Kabankalan Doctors Hospital.
In sending off Esguerra at the Silay City Airport, Lt. Col. Rodrigo Sosmena, battalion commander of the 47TH IB said, "My soldier has just departed not only from the Island of Negros but to the place where conflict is not known to exist. I hope and pray that his blood will wash away the obstacles of peace for all of us to live in tranquility. May the people in Southern Negros including those who murdered him, and his coming generation will also live in peace and never again see the ugly shadows of the conflict.
To my soldiers, let us march forward and continue to work in the interest of peace and security across the land, lest the death of Angelo will be put in vain.. Thank you.
1Lt Eqguerra is a native of Taguig, Metro Manila. His death does weaken his comrades. They pledged to continue what they have taken oath, to defend the country’s peace and development efforts.*
4 Houses in Isabela Razed by Fire
Three of the four houses in Isabela town was totally damaged when a fire hit the town Thursday night.
SPO1 Jason Alacapa, of the Isabela Police Station reported that the houses were damaged in the fire were owned by Rosendo Soguilon Jr,. Rosendo Soguilon Sr., and the house of Ramon Panesa.
The houses were located at Yulo St. at Brgy. 1 Poblacion and were made of light materials, while the house owned by Reno Panesa was partially damaged.
No injuries or casualties were reported.
Members of the local Bureau of Fire Protection are still investigating the cause of the fire.* (Ritzy Robles Malo-oy)