Incident Summary:

11/11/2019: Assailants detonated six explosive devices and opened fire on soldiers in Bangon, Pinanag-an, Eastern Samar, Philippines. Six soldiers and one assailant were killed and 20 soldiers and an unknown number of assailants were injured in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to the New People’s Army (NPA).




Southeast Asia

region/u.s. state:

Eastern Samar


Location Details:
The incident occurred in Bangon neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Philippine Army (PA)
Specific Description 14th Infantry Battalion Soldiers
Nationality of Target Philippines
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Land Mine
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Remote-controlled landmines and firearms were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Additional Information The victims included soldiers Sergeant Rex Jadulco, Corporal Ronald Go, Corporal Limar Banug, Private First Class Kent Loyd Agullo, Private Charlie del Rosario, and Private First Class Junmar Buranday. Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
New People's Army (NPA) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 50
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 7 Fatalities / 20 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 7
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 20
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"Sison hails Red fighters' successful attack vs gov't forces in Eastern Samar," Philippines Daily Inquirer, November 13, 2019.
"6 soldiers dead, 20 wounded in Eastern Samar clash," Philippines Daily Inquirer, November 12, 2019.
"NPAs use IEDs in Borongan ambush: Six troopers killed, 24 wounded," Cebu Daily News, November 12, 2019.