6 killed, 12 wounded in encounter between Army, NPA

DAVAO CITY -– An armed encounter between troops from the 25th Infantry Battalion and the New People’s Army (NPA) Friday in Monkayo, Compostela Valley province left four soldiers and two rebels dead, 12 more soldiers wounded and three rebels arrested.

In a police report, the 45-minute firefight between the Scout Platoon of the 25th Infantry Battalion and the 60-fully armed NPA rebels under the Southeastern Command 20 of the Southern Mindanao Regional Command (SMRC) took place in Km. 56, Barangay Rizal in Monkayo town while soldiers were conducting field monitoring on Friday morning.

Authorities reported that those wounded were identified only as 1LT Damasco, Cpl Bornasal, Cpl Rebuta, PFC Lagunday, PFC Necesito, Cpl Embo, Cpl Bayta, Cpl Mapa, PFC Lagura, PFC Sarmiento, PFC Torrefiel and Pvt Laput.

Four soldiers were declared dead on arrival at the hospital. Names were however withheld pending information to their families.

Also from the soldiers’ side, one was missing in action identified as PFC Del Mundo.

On the side of the NPA, two were killed and three (one wounded) were arrested.

10th Infantry Division spokesperson Capt. Rhyan Batchar said that the first incident happened on Thursday afternoon when the troops of the Charlie Company were engaged in a 15-minute firefight at Km 56 in Barangay Rizal.

In a pursuit operation on Friday morning, heavily-armed rebels attacked the troops utilizing IED and high-powered firearms.

Batchar said the rebels carted away three rifles and personal belongings of the dead soldiers.

Batchar reported that a separate incident in Barangay Parasanon, Maragusan, Compostela Valley left one soldier wounded and later expired in the hospital. The Army troops found the body of a rebel, one carbine rifle, one IED and several personal belongings of the rebels. PNA/ northboundasia.com