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A fallen soldier from the Marine Battalion Landing Team (MBLT)-2, who was killed during a clash with communist rebels, was honored in a send-off ceremony before he was brought to his hometown in Barangay Masilakon 1, Lugait, Misamis Oriental.

Private Albino B. Bahian III, 24, who died during a clash with the New People’ Army (NPA) last March 20, 2017 in Barangay Hinalaan, Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat, received a salute from Western Mindanao Command Major General Carlito Galvez, Jr. and other to military officials of the Joint Task Force Central.

During a simple ceremony, Galvez spoke before the family of Bahian and the troops the other day. He said: “Our salute to Private Bahian and the nine wounded soldiers for their gallantry in action.”

“We will make sure that the best doctors from higher headquarters will attend to our wounded heroes. They deserve the best medical attention and treatment for their gallantry.”

Bahian was with a platoon of MBLT-2 which deployed to verify the presence of the NPAs in the area when they encountered about 50 communists under a certain Tirzo Sakudal, a.k.a. Commander Macmac under the Guerilla Front 73.

A 20-minute firefight ensued which resulted in the death of the marine soldier and wounding of several others.

Earlier that same day, Galvez visited two wounded marines at the Camp Navarro General Hospital in Zamboanga. Cpl Marlon Ampao and PFC Glenn Genova were airlifted from Maguindanao by military ambulance aircraft for further medical treatment at the said hospital. As of this report, both are already stable and in good condition.

“The Western Mindanao Command commiserates with the bereaved family and friends of Private Bahian, who made the ultimate sacrifice and dedicated his life in serving the people,” said Galvez.

The government and the National Democratic Front — the political front of the Communist Party of the Philippines’ NPA — had earlier agreed to re-open negotiations during back channel talks in the Netherlands.

Skirmishes, however, have continued across the Philippines.

The peace negotiations broke down last month after President Rodrigo Duterte and the communist rebel leaders accused each other of ceasefire violations.

The Maoist insurgency has been running since 1968. It has claimed 30,000 lives, according to the military, and stagnated development. Hader Glang




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