The Philippine Army’s 301st Infantry Brigade dismissed as a desperate act to gain mileage the move of suspected New People’s Army (NPA) in harassing an Army detachment in Igbaras, Iloilo.
“Nagpapansin lang ang mga ‘yan. It’s a futile attempt for their presence to be felt,” said Colonel Benedict Arevalo, 301st IB commander.
At around 12:30 a.m. of July 13, 2018, the Igbaras Police Station received a call informing them of the harassment incident at Barangay Passi, Igbaras.
SPO1 Victor Espina said the report claimed that gunfire erupted near the Century Peak.
When police verified the incident with the 61st Infantry Battalion’s Bravo Company located at Barangay Igtalongon, it was confirmed that an undetermined number of suspected rebels fired at an Army detachment.
Since the attackers were more or less 250 meters from the detachment, the Army dismissed it as plain harassment.
No casualty or injury was reported on the government side.
Arevalo said the incident could also be a diversionary tactic of the NPA.
Just the same, Arevalo said Army troops all over Panay are always on alert for rebel attacks.