From the Philippine Star (Dec 10): Leftist rebel killed in Davao
A member of the leftist New People's Army (NPA) was killed and a soldier injured following a gun battle over a truck filled with relief supplies in Davao del Norte, the military said today. Col. Leopoldo Galon, spokesman of the Philippine military's Eastern Mindanao Command, said leftist rebels tried to stop a truck carrying relief goods for the victims of typhoon Pablo in Gupitan village, Kapalong town in Davao del Norte. Galon identified the injured soldier as Pfc Lito Macaloon who was on board the truck. Macaloon engaged the leftist rebels in a firefight, killing the unidentified NPA. Meanwhile, the Philippine military said operations continue to locate and rescue two children allegedly kidnapped by the NPAs. One of the kidnap victims is Macaloon's 17-year-old daughter. The 4,000-strong NPA, armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, is fighting a 43-year leftist insurgency in 60 Philippine provinces.