Four civilians were killed and four others, including an 8-year-old girl, were wounded when a band of New People’s Army (NPA) rebels opened fire at an ambulance vehicle in Sitio Latay, Barangay Marfil, Rosario, Agusan del Sur Sunday afternoon (November 30, 2014).
First Lieutenant Jolito Borces, civil military operations officer of the 75th Infantry Battalion, said the ambush happened at around 5:30 p.m. while the passengers, including a barangay chairman, were on their way home from attending a church activity.
“Two died in the spot and two others declared dead on arrival at the hospital. Four others, including an 8-year-old girl, were wounded in the ambush,” Borces said.
Dead on the spot were Neljoy Cerna, 27, and Noni Mabong, 51. Dead on arrival at the hospital were Alfredo Cerna, 51, and Vanessa Sabas, 30.
The wounded were identifed as Liza Casilla, 47, Elmer Adonis, 37, Mae Roselyn Adonis, 8, and Barangay Chairman Emillio Solidor Jr., 49.
Borces said the perpetrators were members of the NPA-Guerilla Front 14 operating in the area of Agusan and Surigao del Sur.
Prior to the incident, Borces said Solidor was invited to attend the thanksgiving celebration of Wayside Bible Baptist at around 11 a.m.
At 5 p.m., Solidor left the place together with other civilians who requested to hitch a ride with him in the ambulance.
“While on their way back home at about two kilometers from the church, they were suddenly ambushed by more or less 20 NPA rebels,” Borces said.
He said the rebels were allegedly under the command of Leonida Belarmino Sanchez alias Monik/Susay, Front Secretary; Randy Subla alias Nice; Ariel Conejar Ornales alias Charlie/Jorlan/Brylle; and Renato Sayasat alias Friday.
Sources: NPA leaders tagged as behind deadly attack in Agusan Sur / NDF: Civilian victims in Agusan ambush ‘most unfortunate’ / 4 civilians killed on the spot, 8-year-old girl, 3 others wounded in NPA ambush in Agusan Sur