Two persons, one of them a New People's Army (NPA) fighter and the other a militiaman, were killed following an encounter in Barangay Dacudao,
The incident took place 5: 20 a.m. Initially two militiamen were reported wounded as rebels battled it out with troopers of the 60th Infantry Battalion.
Capt. Ernest Carolina, 10th Infantry Division spokesperson, said one of the wounded militiamen died of his wounds at 6: 45 a.m.
He added that a series of military offensive against the NPAs was conducted after information was received last Friday that armed rebels were sighted in the Barangay Dacudao area.
Allegedly the NPA's were calling for certain residents of the barangay to their encampment to talk to them about a plan to recover their mass base and resume recruitment in the area. The offensive was launched immediately Friday evening, and the encounter took place in the vicinity of Sitio Mabuhay of the said barangay, that lasted for around 40 minutes.
Government forces recovered from the fleeing NPA ammunition bandoliers with several AK-47 magazines, 50 meters of detonating wire and anti-personnel mine blast fragments.
The mine was supposed to have been detonated by the NPA early in the firefight but failed to inflict casualties among the government forces.
Lt. Col. Roberto Bunagan, 60th Infantry Battalion commander, said, "We cannot allow them to go back to doing what they did in these places. They have exploited the people's condition to their advantage, while at the same time undermining development in the area. Often it is even the children or the minors who are taken advantage of by the group."
The body of the slain NPA, said to be a male possibly in his early 20s, has been turned over to the San Isidro Police, while the body of the militiaman killed in action, identified as Ronel Lagare, is already with the slain CAAs family, he said.
Bunagan said the wounded one, Wennie Piyao, is recuperating at the
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