Monday, September 14, 2009

Another soldier runs amuck, kills 2 infantrymen at army post in Mindanao

Army soldiers guard a bridge in the Maguindanao town of Datu Saudi Ampatuan in the southern Philippines as an old man bikes his way through. Two soldiers were killed in Maguindanao after an infantryman went on a murderous rampage. (Mindanao Examiner Photo / Mark Navales)

COTABATO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / September 14, 2009) – The Philippine Army mounted a massive search on Monday for a foot soldier who killed two infantry men and wounded one more in a shooting spree in Mindanao.

The soldier, Private First Class Jefferson Brillo, shot his commander Sergeant Alex Guimata and Corporal Ernesto Dumaboc in a fit of rage after he was reprimanded for drinking.

Another soldier, Corporal Randy Lainera, is recuperating at a military hospital after being shot also. Brillo escaped after the shooting, said Colonel Jonathan Ponce, a spokesman for the Army’s 6th Infantry Division in Maguindanao province.

“The perpetrator is still at-large,” he told the Mindanao Examiner.

Ponce said the sergeant confronted Brillo, a sentinel at a detachment of 38th Infantry Battalion in Tugaid village in Barira town, after he was caught drinking at a store near the battalion headquarters.

Brillo, who was supposed to man the detachment, went to his bunker and returned armed with automatic rifle and then without warning opened fire on the soldiers before escaping on foot, the official said.

Early this month, an infantry man also shot and killed two army soldiers and injured five others after he opened fire on them at an army base in Maguindanao’s Tugaig town.

The shooter, Technical Sergeant Policarpio dela Cruz, was also shot and wounded by other soldiers.

Those killed in the shooting were identified as Sergeant Bernard de Guzman and Private First Class Christopher Pagatpatan. While the wounded were Lieutenant Colonel Aniceto Vicente, Major Fe Ea, Second Lieutenant Grace Sumalbag, Sergeant Ronaldo Saraza and Corporal Dennis Bergante.

The motive of the shooting is still unknown, but the army spokesman said Dela Cruz was observed to be acting abnormally before the attack. (Mindanao Examiner)

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