Negros Oriental

Rebel killed in Guihulngan clash at the height of Paeng

Marchel P. Espina
Rebel killed in Guihulngan clash at the height of Paeng

RECOVERED ITEMS. The recovered items from the encounter site in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental.

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Recovered from the original clash site are a 12-gauge shotgun, a .45 caliber pistol, one hand grenade, two Baofeng radios, two backpacks, and subversive documents

BACOLOD CITY, Philippines – A suspected rebel was killed when troops with the 303rd Infantry Brigade clashed with New People’s Army (NPA) guerrillas in Sitio Mambog, Barangay Planas, Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental on Saturday, October 29, at the height of Tropical Storm Paeng (Nalgae).

The 303IB on Sunday said typhoon-affected locals reported the presence of the armed group in the area, doing extortion activities.

Troops on standby alert for conducting humanitarian assistance and disaster response operations responded to the tip, the statement said.

As soldiers arrived, members of the NPA allegedly fired on them, leading to a 30-minute battle.

Fleeing rebels again encountered soldiers, but no casualties were reported during the second clash.

This led to a 30-minute gun battle, which killed an NPA member. The rebels were forced to flee.

Recovered from the original clash site were a 12-gauge shotgun, a .45 caliber pistol, one hand grenade, two Baofeng radios, two backpacks, and subversive documents.

Heavy blood stains were also seen at the encounter site.

Meanwhile, the Leonardo Panaligan Command, reporting on the same incident, claimed five soldiers died during the first clash, around 3 pm. The rebel group said the second encounter happened at around 9 pm.  – Rappler.com

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