Monday, June 3, 2013

Another rebel slain, 2 soldiers wounded in Compostela Valley clash

From the Philippine News Agency (Jun 3): Another rebel slain, 2 soldiers wounded in Compostela Valley clash

MONKAYO, Compostela Valley - Another member of the New People’s Army was killed during an encounter with government forces in a remote area in Barangay Tubo-Tubo here at 5:20 a.m. Monday.

In a report submitted to Major Gen. Ariel Bernardo, commanding general of the 10th Infantry Division, from the 25th Infantry Battalion, the one-hour firefight resulted to the recovery of a body believed to be an NPA rebel, an M16 Armalite rifle, a Kenwood radio, personal belongings and subversive documents.

But Private First Class Junrey Pioc and CAA Sergio EbaƱez Jr. were also slightly wounded and evacuated for medical treatment.

Lt. Col. Cesar Molina, 25th IB commander, said his troops were conducting combat operation due to the reports of presence of lawless elements in the community.

"We received reports that New People's Army believed to be under the group of Front 25 is terrorizing the populace of Barangay Tubo-Tubo. They are conducting extortion activities and at the same time threatening the populace of violent reprisals if they will not join the rallies being organized and initiated by militant groups coming from Davao City which lately have targeted Compostela Valley in the conduct of rallies," he said.

The cadaver of the slain rebel was brought to Angel Funeral Parlor in Poblacion here for identification and subsequently be given a decent burial.

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