By Ka ISABEL FERMIZA
Spokesperson, Mt. Apo Subregional Command
NPA Southern Mindanao
The New People’s Army aimed at trouncing the 57th Infantry Battalion troops and Philippine National Police personnel during an ambush on 27 February at 3:00 pm in Barangay (village) Datu Inda, President Roxas town, North Cotabato. The tactical offensive did not target Pres. Roxas Mayor Jaime Mahimpit who was with the armed convoy. When the mayor’s gray Pajero car passed through the road, NPA operatives switched on the command-detonated explosives against 14 policemen in motorcycles and the military aboard a 6×6 truck who were closely following the mayor. The ambush wounded SPO4 Hector Castillo, who was the mayor’s escort leader, PO3 Joemer Ilagan, and PO2 Joselax Avena.