Troopers from the Tanay-based 2nd Infantry Division have successfully repelled a New People's Army (NPA) band while conducting security patrols in Sitio Tibig, Barangay Nasalaan,
Major Arnold Gasalatan, 2nd Infantry Division spokesperson, said troopers from their 80th Infantry Battalion headed by 1st Lt. Arnel Palermo was responding to reports given by some concerned civilians regarding the presence of rebels in the above-mentioned area when the firefight erupted around 8:30 a.m.
He added that government troopers engaged for 20-minutes a rebel force consisting of 20 fighters.
Gasalatan stressed that the NPA force retreated after taking an undetermined number of casualties and left behind an M-16 automatic rifle, one IED (improvised explosive Device), assorted ammunition and subversivedocuments.
No casualties were reported on the government side even as pursuit operations were still ongoing.