3 killed, 2 wounded in Davao City clashes

MANILA, Philippines — A trooper, a militiaman and a member of an “armed lawless group” was killed in separate encounters in Paquibato District, Davao City Monday.

Also wounded in the two clashes were two troopers while an M-16 automatic rifle belonging to the brigands were recovered.

Capt. Rhyan Batchar, 10th Infantry Division public affairs office chief, said the first encounter took place 8:00 a.m. while the second occurred at 12:25 p.m.

Both clashes took place at Sitio Banban, Barangay Lumiad, he added.

Government casualties were immediately airlifted to Camp Panacan Station Hospital.

The soldiers’ names are withheld while their families are still being informed.

Batchar said the lawless elements encountered by the troops was responsible for the attack on Quiman-anao CAA (CAFGU Active Auxiliary) Detachment at Sitio Quiman-anao, Barangay Salapawan, Paquibato District, Davao City last April 16.

The attack injured a CAA and civilian, identified as CAA Mario Cariaman and Pastor Randy Ramirez, a pastor of Baptist Church in Barangay Salapawan.

Cariaman is now on stable condition at a hospital in Tagum while Ramirez, still in critical condition, is confined at Southern Philippines Medical Center. PNA/northboundasia.com