Four soldiers and a militiaman, all assigned at the 101st Division Reconnaissance Company (DRC), were wounded during a clash with New People's Army (NPA) rebels at Sitio Onor, Barangay Tagugpo, Pantukan town, Compostela Valley Friday morning.
The clash took place at 10: 15 a.m. while government troops, in coordination with local officials, were on security patrol, Eastern Mindanao Command public affairs office chief Capt. Alberto Caber said.
Caber said the wounded soldiers were now in stable condition at a secured medical facility.
They are now in stable condition. Pursuit operations are still ongoing, he said.
Civilians reported that the insurgents carried their wounded comrades as they withdrew from the about 30-minute clash.
Earlier, Eastern Mindanao Command head Lt. Gen. Aurelio B. Baladad reminded all military unit commanders in the region to intensify the conduct of security operations in order to protect the civilians in the far-flung areas from NPA's harassment and extortion activities.
He also encouraged wounded NPA members to come out for their medical treatment.
"Our units are ready to help and we have ambulances that could provide them transportation to a medical facility," he concluded.