5 NPA rebels killed, 2 soldiers hurt in Davao clash

Bong Garcia

FIVE members of the New People’s Army (NPA) were killed while two government soldiers were wounded in separate firefights over the weekend in Davao Region, the military reported Sunday, June 18.

The Eastern Mindanao Command said three NPA rebels were killed in the clash in Sitio 35, Barangay Taytayan, Cateel, Davao Oriental last June 17.

The rebels opened fire at government troopers who were checking the reported extortion activities by the NPA in the village of Taytayan. The firefight, which started at 1:30 a.m., lasted for about an hour.

The rebels fled and left their three dead comrades in the area. The remains were turned over to the Cateel Municipal Government.

The troops recovered two improvised bombs, two M16 Armalite rifles, an AK47 rifle, a grenade launcher, and an M14 rifle.

The second gunfight took place around noontime Saturday in the village of Araibo, Pantukan, Compostela Valley province.

The troops from the Army’s 66th Infantry Battalion were on security patrol when the clash broke out after they chanced upon the group of a certain "Ka Lepi."

The firefight resulted to the death of the rebel leader and one of his followers. Two soldiers were wounded in the incident. (SunStar Philippines)