TWO New People’s Army guerrillas were killed, while five others were wounded in a firefight between rebels and government troops in Davao City on Thursday.
The gun battle on Thursday was the fourth in Manga, Paquibato District, Davao City, since Monday. Five soldiers were wounded in Thursday’s encounter.
The troops recovered ammunition for high-powered firearms and backpacks after the encounter, the Armed Forces Eastern Mindanao Command chief, Lt. Gen. Aurelio Baladad, said.
Baladad said troops from the Army’s 69th Infantry Battalion were on security patrol at Manga, Paquibato District, Davao City, when they were fired upon by the rebels at around 3:45 p.m.
During the firefight, two rebels were killed, while five others were wounded.
Five soldiers were also wounded. “The soldiers suffered minor shrapnel wounds and are now in stable condition,” Baladad said, adding that the identities of the killed rebels were still being determined.
Lt. Col. Rodney Intal, 69th Infantry Battalion commander, said he ordered more security patrols in Paquibato District following reports of regular sightings of communist rebels in the area.