Army officer dies in Talaingod clash

By Anthony S. Allada

An Army officer and another soldier were killed in an encounter with elements of the New People’s Army (NPA) at noon Thursday in a remote village in Talaingod town, Davao del Norte.

Col. Lyndon Paniza, spokesperson of the 10th Infantry Division, identified the fatalities as Lt. Arvin T. Queddingo and Private First Class (Pfc) Alfre O. Caballes, both assigned with the 60th Infantry Battalion.

Paniza said that two platoons of the 60th IB led by Lt. Queddingo and Lt. Lacasandili conducted a combat operation at the vicinity of Mount Tambuko, Barangay Dagohoy in Talaingod after sightings of armed rebels were reported in the area.

The government troops were met with more than 50 communist rebels believed to be members of the Front Committee (FC) 55 of the Southern Mindanao Regional Committee (SMRC), resulting to the death of Queddingo and Caballes.

There was no reported casualty in the enemy side.

Paniza said the cadavers of the slain soldiers were later brought to a funeral parlor in Panabo City.

He said pursuit operations were launched to run after the fleeing rebels. (ASA)

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