Soldier pays the
ultimate sacrifice to protect the community
DPAO, 8ID PA
December 23, 2018
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City Community Support Program (CSP) Team of 20th Infantry (We
Lead) Battalion, 8ID, PA while conducting security patrol was fired
upon by more or less 30 Communist NPA Terrorist (CNTs) at vicinity
Brgy Caputo-an, Las Navas, Northern Samar on December 22, 2018 at
about 6: 20 A.M.
Firefight between the
soldiers and the terrorists lasted for an hour and twenty minutes
that resulted to the loss of Private First Class Alvin B. Avila (Inf)
PA and wounding of Private Ivan Anthony P. Ignao (Inf) PA and
Private Michael S. Ocasla (Inf) PA.
Recovered after the
encounter were the following: 60 meters drop wire; one bag of
assorted empty shells of (M60 machine gun, M14 and M16 rifles, Cal.
45 and 9mm pistol); two cooking pots; detonating cords and one empty
box with Armscor trademark.
The fatality, PFC Avila is
24 years old and is a resident of Aguadas St. District 4, Burauen,
Leyte who had a great passion to serve his fellow Visayans in
The CSP Team was deployed
at Brgy Caputo-an to assist the community to facilitate the needed
basic services to be addressed by the local government unit.
Major General Raul M.
Farnacio, Commander of the 8th Infantry Division, instructed the
troops to be more aggressive to put an end to the terroristic
activities of the CNTs against our people within our area of
We extend our deepest
sympathies to the family and friends of Private First Class Avila.
He died protecting the people of Northern Samar in pursuit of peace
and development, Farnacio added.