From the Philippine News Agency (Aug 7): 2 Army troops slain, 7 wounded in Sorsogon clash with NPA rebels
Two Army soldiers were killed while 7 others were wounded in a clash between military troops and New People's Army (NPA) rebels early Monday in Barangay (village) Casili, Gubat town in Sorsogon , a spokesman of the Army Southern Luzon Command (Solcom) said today.
The government soldiers were on combat patrol at around 5:00 a.m. Monday when they engaged in a 30-minute firefight an undetermined number of NPA rebels in the vicinity of Barangay Casili, an outskirt village of Gubat town, said Army Maj. Virgilio Perez, Solcom spokesperson.
Reports reaching Solcom said that aside from the exchange of fire power, the NPA rebels also used and planted landmines against the government troopers.
Perez, in a text message, said the identities of the slain soldier including those wounded were withheld pending notification of their family.
A source that refuses to be named for security reasons said the NPA attack this morning was a retaliation by the rebel movement following the death of ranking rebel leader Andres "Ka Magno" Hubilla and Miguel "Ka Billy" Himor in an encounter with Army soldiers in a remote village in Casiguran town the other week.
The two slain rebels were interred today at the Casiguran Public Cemetery with hundreds of red shirt-wearing supporters joining the burial rites.