A suspected member of the New People’s Army died, while two government soldiers were slightly injured in an encounter at about 4 a.m. yesterday in Sitio Nabali-an, Brgy. Carol-an, Ayungon, Negros Oriental.
Col. Alberto Desoyo, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, said that 62nd Infantry Battalion soldiers responded to reports of civilians about the presence of an armed group in the area.
Desoyo said 62IB soldiers managed to catch up with about 15 New People’s Army rebels and that triggered a gunbattle that lasted for several minutes, after which the communist rebels withdrew leaving behind their slain comrade.
The slain alleged NPA member was identified only through his alias “Dagul”. His cadaver has been turned over to the Ayungon Police Station for identification by his relatives.
Desoyo confirmed that two Army soldiers were also slightly injured, as a result of the encounter. But their identities were not available as of yesterday.
Lt Col. Egberto Dacoscos, 62IB commander, said the troopers, while approaching their target, were fired at by rebels and, that triggered about 40 minutes of gunbattle.
Recovered from the encounter site were two combat packs, two hand held radios with chargers, two magazines of AK 47 assault rifles, two rifle grenades and subversive documents with high intelligence value.
Desoyo said clearing operations are still ongoing and pursuit operations against the fleeing rebels are still underway.
Dacoscos, meanwhile, recognized the vigilance of the local populace for reporting the presence of armed group in the area.*
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