From the Philippine News Agency (Jun 20): Army-NPA clash in Leon due to ops vs 'Maasin' raiders
The commander of the 61st BI here said the encounter Tuesday morning between his troops and New People's Army rebels was part of their ongoing "hot pursuit" against the raiders of the police station in Maasin Town last Sunday.
"We are receiving information from the civilians that they (NPAs) are just within the area so we are taking actions to it," said 61st IB Commander Lieutenant Colonel Sisenando A. Magbalot, Jr. in an interview.
According to Magbalot, there are more or less 20 NPA members hiding in the mountainous area of Leon.
He added they were doing various operations in pursuit of the NPA rebels together with the Philippine National Police.
Magbalot also said that 53-year-old male barangay tanod identified as Romeo Cabalong was injured during the encounter of his troops and NPA rebels on Tuesday morning in Barangay Lampaya, Leon, Iloilo.
Magbalot said the barangay tanod sustained a non-fatal gunshot in the right shoulder.
The victim was immediately brought to the hospital by the responding soldiers after the incident, he added.
According to the information received by Magbalot from the residents, they suspected that the shot came from the rebels as Barangay Lampaya was against the NPA.