A trooper assigned to the 82nd Division Reconnaissance Company was killed following an encounter with New People's Army (NPA) fighters in Sitio Burabod, Barangay Mabini, Basey town,
Initial reports said the trooper was hit and wounded by rebel bullets during a five-minute gunfire.
He expired while undergoing emergency treatment by military medics.
Col. Leoncio A. Cirunay, 801st Infantry Brigade commander, said that his men were conducting security patrols in the area after receiving reports that seven NPA fighters were seen in Sitio Burabod.
At this point, the rebels opened fire, triggering a five-minute gunbattle, which fatally hit one soldier.
"I would like to express my condolence to the bereaved family of our gallant soldier who died while performing his duty. His bravery and sacrifice of life for the country will always be remembered,” Cirunay said.
“This setback will not deter our resolve to continue our mandated task to safeguard the people of
and we will not rest until the perpetrators of this killing will be brought to
justice to answer for their crime,” he added.