From the Philippine News Agency (Apr 16): 4 Army troopers hurt in Compostela Valley clash with rebels
Four troopers from the 101st Division Reconnaissance Company were wounded
following an encounter with an estimated 30 New People's Army (NPA) fighters in
Barangay Teresa, Maco town, Compostela Valley in the afternoon of April 14.
Belated reports from Col. Elmer Quiros, 1001st Infantry Brigade
officer-in-charge, said the firefight transpired around 4: 30 p.m.
He added that the rebels sustained an undetermined number of casualties in
Quiros said the NPA band were responsible in torching the equipment of Apex
Mining Corporation at Sitio Sawmill, Barangay Masara, Maco town last April 10.
He added that the attack was due to the company's refusal to give in to the
rebels' extortion demand.
During the April 14 encounter, artillery fire was brought to bear on the
rebel positions, forcing the them to retreat.
The clash lasted for an hour and 45 minutes.
Found in the NPA possessions were trenches and fox holes capable of
accommodating more than 60 rebel fighters.
Traces of landmine emplacements were likewise discovered by the government
"Army troops together with PNP (Philippine National Police) are
conducting security operations in pursuit to the fleeing NPAs to prevent them
to further inflict damage in the area,” Quiros concluded.