Three soldiers were killed while two others were wounded following a clash with New People's Army (NPA) rebels in Toboso, Negros Occidental early Saturday morning.
Killed were Pfc. Reggie Taleon, Pfc. Teddie Alcallaga, and Pfc. Ramel Perasol.
All are members of the 62nd Infantry Battalion, said 303rd Infantry Brigade public affairs office chief 2nd Lt. Revekka Roperos.
While wounded were Cpl. Rosevil Villacampa and Pfc. Jethro Niervo.
Roperos said the clash took place in Sitio Carbon, Brgy.
a.m. San Isidro
Members of the 62nd Infantry Battalion were checking reports on the presence of armed men who were extorting food from residents, when they encountered about 10 rebels, triggering a 15-minute clash which left three soldiers dead and two others wounded.
It was not immediately known if there were also casualties among the rebels, who fled after the clash and are now being pursued by other soldiers.