A Philippine Army soldier is now in critical condition at a hospital after he was wounded in an encounter with a group of New People's Army (NPA) rebels while on a patrol operation in Barangay Tagas, Magallanes, Sorsogon, on Thursday.
Rushed to the
was Pfc. Richard Tablate, a member of the 1st Infantry Battalion of the
Philippine Army based in Barangay Bulala, Magallanes. Sorsogon
A report said the encounter occurred at about 5:30 a.m. Thursday when a team from the Charlie Company of the 31st IB of the PA, headed by 2Lt. Alexander Ano-os, was heading back to their camp after their patrol when they encountered ten armed rebels and exchanged fire with them for 20 minutes.
The communist dissidents immediately retreated from the site, where the police recovered an M-16 armalite rifle left behind by the rebel.
Police said that the rebels came from the the town center to visit their relatives in time for the Holy Week when the encounter happened.
Reinforcing troops immediately conducted a hot pursuit operation against the rebels.