SAN NICOLAS, Pangasinan — Three suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) were killed in an encounter with police personnel of the Provincial Public Safety Company (PPSC) here Friday.
In a text message, Chief Insp. Norman Florentino of the Pangasinan Police’s public information office, said the clash occurred in an area between Barangays Malico and Sta. Maria in the eastern Pangasinan town of San Nicolas.
Florentino said elements of the PPSC, Regional Public Safety Battalion 1 (RPSB1), and the Pangasinan Police’s Regional Intelligence Group were conducting clearing operations in the area at around 5:20 p.m. when the clash happened.
The three were believed to be the same rebels who fought elements of the RPSB1 in the area last July 28 that resulted in the death of PO2 Aries Tamindong of Manaoag, Pangasinan.
Recovered from the scene of the encounter were an improvised explosive device, trip wires that measured approximately 36 meters, an ignition switch, a submachine gun, a rifle grenade, and two assorted ammunition and magazines, among others.
There was no casualty reported on the government side.
Other rebels are being pursued by the police in coordination with the military. PNA-northboundasia.com