Five Army soldiers hurt in Cagayan gunbattle

TUGUEGARAO CITY — Five Philippine Army soldiers were wounded in a Friday-clash with the New People’s Army rebels in the mountains of Barangay Balanni, Santo Nino, Cagayan.

The one-hour gunbattle had resulted in the injuries of Sergeants Antonio Abarriao Jr. and Johndick Padua, Corporals Orly Camarao and Villamor Bumussao and Private First Class Recher Basyagon due to bullet wounds from unidentified number of suspected communist guerrillas operating in Cagayan, according to Police Senior Inspector Rogelio Catubag, Santo Nino police chief.

Catubag said no known casualties were reported from the rebel group.

Two days earlier, Private First Class Rowel Tabuada of the 17th Infantry Battalion was killed in an encounter in the same site. Villamor Visaya Jr/PNA-northboundasia.com