BACOLOD City Col. Benedict Arevalo, commander of the Armys 303rd Infantry Brigade, denied claims by the New Peoples Army (NPA) that at least 27 government troopers were killed in action in January 2019 through sniping and other offensive operations the rebels launched in Negros.
We do not hide our casualties Arevalo said.
If true, he said such number of casualties cannot be covered up.
It is plain and simple propaganda, he added.
Arevalo casualties of war are considered heroes and we give them recognition for fighting for our country, for our freedom, why would we hide them?
He added that dependents of soldiers are also being informed if they are killed in action.
So there is no sense at all why we would hide our casualties, he further said.
In a press statement sent through Facebook messenger, the Apolinario Gatmaitan Command of the New Peoples Army claimed that at least 27 troopers were reportedly killed in their sniping and offensive operations against the government troops in Negros.