A SOLDIER was killed while 13 others were wounded in a firefight against suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) last July 1, in Barangay Mount Diwata, Monkayo in Compostela Valley province.
Lieutenant Alexandre Caballes, acting spokesperson of the 10th Infantry Division, identified the fatality as Corporal Luvimen Tacuyan, who was killed when an improvised explosive device (IED), allegedly planted by the communist group, exploded.
Caballes said only six of the wounded soldiers were brought to the hospital as the rest only sustained minor injuries.
Caballes said the troops went to Sitio Calaberahan in Mount Diwata village after they received reports that armed men were gathering in the area.
“Based on reports from civilians and local officials, the NPAs consolidated in the area in preparation for an attack against civilian communities,” Caballes said.
A firefight ensued between the soldiers and some 80 NPA members around 1 p.m. Authorities are still validating how many NPA rebels were killed in the clash.