The Arnulfo Ortiz Command of the Western Samar NPA launched a series of guerrilla operations against the Duterte regime in anticipation of the President’s next state of the nation speech.
On June 16, clashes took place between the guerrillas and elements of the 63rd Infantry Battalion during which two soldiers died and many others were wounded. On 27 June, three members of the 87th Infantry Battalion were also killed by NPA fighters. Finally, on 7 July, a group of NPA special operations targeted Sonny Moreno, an intelligence officer of the Military Intelligence Battalion (BRM) in Poblacion, San José de Buan. No casualties are reported in the ranks of the NPA.