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The battalion commander in the deadly Ifugao attack by New People's Army (NPA) rebels was relieved after a board of inquiry investigation revealed that lapses were committed that led to the incident.
Col. Miguel Puyao, spokesman of the Army's 5th Infantry Division, said Lt. Col. Eugene Battara was relieved based on recommendations from the Board of Inquiry (BoI) that investigated the incident.
Puyao declined to give the specific results of the BoI but said lapses were committed that led to Battara's relief.
Battara was replaced by Lt. Col. Emilio Pajarito Jr.
Eleven Army soldiers, including a civilian, were killed in an attack by NPA rebels in Tinoc, Ifugao last April 25. The rebels attacked an Army convoy filled with soldiers who were just relieved from their post in the town of Kiangan.