Assorted firearms were recovered by military and police troopers following an encounter with New People’s Army (NPA) rebels at Sitio Natuyay, Barangay Codcod,
in Negros Occidental Wednesday morning. San
Lt. Col. Rommel Cordova, commanding officer of the Army's 62nd Infantry Battalion, said the clash lasted for about 15 minutes.
The government troops recovered five homemade shot guns and one .357 caliber revolver, he said.
Combined forces of the Army’s 62nd IB and the Philippine National Police's 6th Special Action Force Battalion were conducting community security operations when they encountered the NPA rebels.
The rebels are believed to be under the Northern Negros Front Komiteng Rehiyonal-Negros led by Alias Reboy.
No casualties were reported from the government side while an undetermined number of rebels could have been wounded due to bloodstains seen along the route of their withdrawal, the Army said.