Four more troopers killed in extended AFP operations in Abra province

Ka DIEGO WADAGAN
Spokesperson, Agustin Begnalen Command

Daily from March 23 to 27, two OV-10 bomber planes dropped 250-pound bombs and strafed the forested area and mountains along the boundary of Tubo and Besao and the peripheries of the communities of Sityo Pananuman and Tubtuba. Since March 29, the AFP bombarded the area from morning till night with 105mm Howitzer shells and 81mm mortar fire from Pananuman. An OV-10 bomb costs around P100,000 each, a Howitzer bomb around P8,500, and a mortar bomb around P5,000. The military sustained its bombing operations even at night, traumatizing the villagers and disrupting their livelihood. The people were forced to stop tending their rice fields, swidden farms, and grazing animals.

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