Friday, May 12, 2017

Soldier, NPA rebel killed in Samar clash

From the Manila Bulletin (May 12): Soldier, NPA rebel killed in Samar clash

Camp Ruperto Kangleon, Palo, Leyte –A Philippine Army soldier and a guerrilla of the New People’s Army (NPA) were killed in fighting between government troops and communist rebels on Samar island Thursday morning.

The clash took place on the boundary of Barangay Camayaan, Silvino Lobos in Northern Samar and Barangay San Roque, Matuguinao, Samar, according to First Lieutenant Cherry M. Junia of the Division Affairs Office of the Army’s 8th Infantry Division based in Camp Lukban, Catbalogan City, Samar.
Junia identified the slain soldier as Pfc Jaime C. Mabini of the 43rd Infantry Battalion.

Mabini, who was wounded in the encounter, died later in hospital.

Junia said the soldiers recovered the body of a slain rebel.

A villager had reported to authorities about the presence of an armed group in the area. Responding troops had a 10-minute firefight with the rebels.

Junia said military units and civilian detachments in nearby communities were ordered to put up checkpoints to prevent the rebels from escaping.

On Wednesday, Army soldiers also clash with NPA rebels in Barangay San Antonio, Hilongos, Leyte, Chief Supt. Elmer C. Beltejar, Police 8 Acting Regional Director told Manila Bulletin.
No casualties were reported.

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