On the morning of January 14, 2021, three soldiers and one civilian were shot and killed by unknown perpetrators.
The shooting occurred around 8:45 AM, according to Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr., Commander of the Western Mindanao Command.
“Based on the report, our troops from the 4th Mechanized Infantry Battalion received an information from a civilian informant regarding a shooting incident in the boundary of Poona Piagapo and Pantao Ragat, Lanao del Norte,” said Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr., Commander of the Western Mindanao Command.
“Troops immediately responded and proceeded to the area to validate the information. Upon arrival, the responding team discovered 4 dead bodies with gunshot wounds,” the commander added.
Per the verification, the three are members of the 43rd Mechanized Company of the 4th Mech Bn stationed at Tangclao Detachment in Poona Piagapo.
According to Lt. Col. Domingo Dulay, Commander of the 4th Mech Bn, the three were riding on a motorcycle to go on marketing when the tragedy occurred.
“Our troops immediately conducted pursuit operation and coordinated with the PNP of Poona Piagapo and Pantao Ragat for investigation,” Lt. Col. Dulay added.
Meanwhile, 2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade Commander Brig. Gen. Facundo Palafox said, “We are still establishing the circumstances, and we do not have any other information at the moment.”
“The fourth victim is a civilian and is yet to be identified while the names of the slain soldiers are withheld pending notification to their next of kin,” Brig. Gen. Palafox added.
Maj. Gen. Generoso Ponio, Commander of Joint Task Force ZamPeLan, stated that this terroristic act of victimizing, even an innocent citizen, is just unacceptable. He also pledged to use all available resources to identify and neutralize the offenders as soon as possible.