An Operation Sagip team of ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation was traveling with the convoy of the 30th Infantry Battalion platoon under civil-military operations officer 1st Lt. Ryan Layug.
A military vehicle was fired at for around three to five times.
No one was reported hurt in the incident.
Lt. Col. Rico Amaro, commander of the 30th Infantry Battalion, said soldiers fired back at the unidentified assailants.
“Gumanti po (ng putok ang ating sundalo). Kasi kapag hindi tayo gumanti, baka magtagal pa. We need to protect ourselves," Amaro said.
(We fired back. If we don't, it might prolong the confrontation. We need to protect ourselves.)
A soldier driving the military escort vehicle said they were not able to see their assailants but a profiling of the area shows the presence of communist rebels in the area.
“Sa ngayon, it’s still premature na makapagbigay tayo ng concrete assumption kung sinong grupo ’yun, anong klaseng grupo ’yun. But sa tagal na naming nag-o-operate sa area na yan wala talagang ibang armado dyan, walang bandido dyan but itong isang front ng New People’s Army,” Amaro said.
“It is probable (that NPA rebels are the suspects), but we are still conducting operations para makuha natin ang mga na ito,” he added.
(Right now, it's still premature to provide a concrete assumption of who was behind this. But for the longest time that we have been operating in the area, there is no other group there but a front of the New People's Army. It is probable that NPA rebels are the suspects, but we are still conducting operations to confirm it.)
The NPA has supposedly declared a ceasefire in earthquake-stricken areas in northern Mindanao, including Surigao del Norte.
"Despite this unfortunate incident, Operation Sagip Surigao will continue its relief operations for the victims of the earthquake," ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation said in a statement.
"We appreciate your prayers, the support of our donors and all who are continuously helping us in these relief efforts," it added.
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