2 NPA men killed in clash with Army in North Cotabato

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao — Two communist rebels were killed following a late evening clash in a remote village in North Cotabato.

Lt. Colonel Harold Argamosa, 39th IB commander, said the 10 p.m. clash in the hinterlands of Barangay Malasila, Makilala, North Cotabato came after residents tipped off the military about the presence of heavily armed New People’s Army (NPA) in the village.

Following the confirmation of the rebels’ presence, soldiers from the 39th IB Alpha company proceeded to the village but were fired upon by the rebels, triggering an hour- long firefight amid light rains.

Sensing their defeat, the rebels fled deep into the forest at the foot of Mt. Apo.

After the clearing operation, soldiers found the remains of two unidentified guerillas with a gun and an improvised bomb.

In a phone interview, Argamosa said the rebels were plotting to harass an Army detachment nearby or shut down portions of the Cotabato-Davao highway.

Clearing operations continue Sunday morning. Edwin Fernandez//PNA-northboundasia.com