3 NPA rebels killed, 5 soldiers injured in Gingoog clash

Jeoffrey Maitem

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Gingoog has been suffering increased violence since April 20, when the mayor was hurt in a NPA ambush, prompting the deployment of 3 Marine batallions.

COTABATO CITY, Philippines – Three suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels were killed and 5 members of the government security forces wounded in a clash on Sunday, May 12 in Gingoog, Misamis Oriental, a military official said.

Maj Leo Bongosia, spokesman for the AFP’s 4th division, said Philippine Marines troops were patrolling the area ahead of Monday’s mid-term elections when they encountered the guerrillas.

“We have five Marines wounded and a pursuit operation is ongoing,” he added.

This brings to 9 the total number of government troops injured since Friday in Gingoog, where the NPA is conducting a campaign against policemen and soldiers delivering precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines for the vote.

A total of 3 companies have so far been deployed to strengthen security in the city and its surroundings, after two people died and Mayor Ruthie Guingona was hurt in an NPA ambush on April 20.

The rebels apologized for the incident but claimed that their combatants fired in self-defense after Guingona’s convoy allegedly rammed the checkpoint manned by the NPA. – Rappler.com

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