MANILA, Philippines – An Army Battalion commander and 10 of his men escaped unhurt a landmine explosion that suspected communist rebels planted this morning along a road in the in Irosin town in Sorsogon.
Army Col. Epimaco Makalisang, commander of the 49th Infantry Battalion based in Sorsogon, together with his team on board a KM450 military truck were on their way back to their headquarters when the landmine planted on a road linking barangays Magdagunson and Buenavista exploded at about 8:30 a.m.
Superintendent Wilson Asueta, Bicol regional police spokesperson, said a landmine exploded while Makalisang’s group were negotiating a road in the named barangays on their way back to their camp in Sorsogon City from an Army company detachment in Irosin.
Asueta quoting reports said the landmine, which failed to hit its target, exploded hastily a few meters from where the military truck was approaching.
The report said Makalisang and his men visited an Army camp in Irosin and awarded medals and citations to a number of soldiers there.
Army patrols have been dispatch in the area to track down New People’s Army (NPA) rebels behind the landmine attack.