A New People’s Army rebel was killed while three soldiers were wounded in a clash in
the military said yesterday.
Capt. Isagani H. Viernes, public affairs officer, Army 8th Infantry Division, said the encounter took place in Barangay Buluan, Calbiga, at around 6 a.m.
Viernes said troops from the 87th Infantry Battalion led by 1st Lt. Verniel D. Semblante attacked a rebel encampment in the area where they engaged approximately 15 NPA guerillas.
“The encounter resulted in the killing of one unidentified NPA rebel who was left behind by his comrades. Three soldiers, namely, Corporal Jonas C. Autor, Private First Class Nico C. Basibas, and Private Fist Class Mark Anthony M. Ramasta were wounded during the firefight,” said Viernes. The fighting lasted five minutes.
Two of the wounded personnel are now recuperating at
Camp Lukban Station Hospital
and the other at Remedios Trinidad Romualdez
and are in stable condition. Tacloban City
Viernes said the troops were also able to recover 200 rounds of K3 squad automatic weapon ammunition, one binoculars, one memory card, and other subversive documents with high intelligence value.
He described the NPA encampment as having 18 bunkers with one classroom and a multipurpose hall.
Lt. Col. George M. Domingo, commanding officer of the 87th IB, said the success of the operation in Barangay Buluan was the result of good partnership between the military and the local populace in safeguarding their community.