2 NPA REBELS KILLED IN MASBATE CLASH
LEGAZPI CITY — Two suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels were killed in a clash with Army soldiers on Monday in a remote village in Mandaon town, Masbate province.
Capt. Joash Pramis, public affairs chief of the Army’s 9th Infantry Division (9ID), said soldiers were on patrol in Barangay Buri at around 1:55 a.m. when they encountered a group of armed men believed to be communist guerillas.
A five-minute firefight ensued that resulted in the death of two still unidentified rebels and the recovery of an M16 rifle, a .45-caliber pistol and a knapsack containing personal belongings.
Pramis said no casualty was reported on the side of the government troops.
Army soldiers are still in pursuit of the rebels, who fled the site of the gun fight.
The NPA, the armed wing of the National Democratic Front-Communist Party of the Philippines, is listed as a terrorist group by both the European Union and the United States. (PNA)