A ranking New People's Army (NPA) leader was killed during a botched attack on troopers from 68th Infantry Battalion conducting routine patrol missions in
town, Bukidnon last Tuesday. San Fernando
Reports forwarded Thursday by Capt. Rhyan Batchar, 10th Infantry Division spokesperson, said the clash took place 10:30 a.m. at forested area of Barangay Kalangangan.
He said that troops were conducting routine patrol missions when four NPA fighters, reportedly from Guerrilla Front 55 of the Southern Mindanao Regional Committee and all aboard a motorcycle, popped out of nowhere and began firing on the patrolling soldiers.
This prompted government troops to return fire, killing one of the rebels, scattering the other three.
Pursuing troopers recovered a 9mm pistol, the motorcycle, and the slain rebel identified as Nardo Manlologpis, vice commander of Guerrilla Front 55's SDG Platoon.
His remains was immediately turned over to the
station for turnover to his relatives. San Fernando