TWO MEMBERS of the New People’s Army were captured while one was killed in an encounter in Maragusan, Compostela Valley and Agusan on Monday.
Lt. Vergel Lacambra, division public affairs officer, said troops under the 25th Infantry Battalion were conducting combat patrol when they encountered the rebels resulting to a firefight lasting 40 minutes in Barangay New Manay, Maragusan at 4:45 p.m.
A wounded rebel was left behind by his comrades and brought to the Davao Regional Hospital in Tagum City.
An M16 rifle, four improvised landmines, 500-meter electrical wires, 18 backpacks, 13 pairs of rain boots, medical equipment and documents belonging to the rebels were found at the scene.
In a separate incident, an NPA rebel was also captured after he was left behind during an encounter against elements of the 75th Infantry Battalion in Cagumay, Sta Cruz, Rosario, Agusan Del Sur at 8 a.m.
Meanwhile, another NPA member was killed while firearms recovered when joint forces of 29th Infantry Battalion and 13th Regional Public Safety Battalion encountered the rebels in Himbangan, Kicharao, Agusan Del Norte at 8 a.m.
Based on the report, troops responded to the scene after receiving a complaint of extortion by the rebels.
Soldiers have yet to identify the name of the rebel. They were able to recover three M16 rifles, two AK-47 rifles and one M203 grenade launcher.
Maj. Gen Eduardo M. Año, commander of 10th Infantry Division, praised the soldiers actions in following the rule of law and respecting human rights and the international humanitarian law.
“The compassion showed to a wounded enemy-combatant manifests the discipline of the soldiers,” he said.