Fifteen soldiers were killed, at least eight troopers were wounded and two rifles seized in various military actions launched by the New People’s Army (NPA) in Samar island in the last quarter of 2012.
December 5. The NPA overcame an attempt by some 40 elements of the 34th IB to encircle it in Barangay Hinogawe, Gamay, Northern Samar. The attempted encirclement formed part of pursuit operations against the NPA unit which conducted attritive actions on November 13. The NPA platoon was temporarily encamped to prepare for consolidation activities in nearby barrios for the coming CPP anniversary. The Red fighters fought bravely until the military retreated. Seven were confirmed killed on the enemy side and an undetermined number were wounded.
Morning of November 13. Three enemy soldiers were killed and four were wounded when an NPA team opened fire on a section of the 34th IB Alpha Coy conducting operations in Barangay Carawag, Palapag, Northern Samar. The troops formed part of a security force for American soldiers familiarizing themselves with the Woodland area at the foot of Mt. Buboyaon in the guise of doing research on schistosomiasis.
October 21. At around 10:30 a.m., four soldiers were killed and two others were wounded in an ambush by Red fighters under the Efren Martires Command (NPA-Samar) on 43rd IB troops conducting operations in Barangay San Ramon, Gandara, Samar. The NPA seized two M16s, two backpacks, 23 magazines and more than 500 rounds of ammunition, a cal .38 pistol, two rifle grenades, a grenade and important military documents.
October 5. A soldier was killed and two were wounded when a team under the NPA-Rodante Urtal Command harassed a section under the 34th IB Bravo Coy conducting operations in Barangay Malidong, Gamay town.
The NPA did not suffer a single casualty in all these gunbattles, and was able to make an organized retreat.