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2 NPA members slain in Sarangani encounter
Two members of the New People's Army (NPA) were killed during an encounter with government security forces in Barangay Pag-asa, Alabel of Sarangani province on Friday.
Col. Robert Ancan, commander of the Philippine Army's 102nd Infantry Brigade, said the encounter with about 15 NPA members happened at about 6:30 a.m. after a report from concerned citizens on the presence of armed men "extorting and intimidating" residents in the area.
Ancan said soldiers from the 73rd Infantry Battalion conducted a security patrol in Sitio Balataan to confirm the report but were fired upon by the communist rebels triggering a firefight that lasted for about an hour.
The identities of the slain rebels, both male, are yet to be confirmed by the military.
Ancan claimed that the blood stains in the encounter site and withdrawal route of the communist fighters indicate that there were also wounded NPA members.
No casualty was reported on the government side.
Capt. Mc Gary Dida, civil-military operations officer of the Army's 1002nd Infantry Brigade, said seized from the encounter site were two AK-47, two M16 rifles, one Garrand rifle, seven backpacks, two handheld radios, an NPA flag and subversive documents.
[Source: By Dempsey Reyes, The Manila Timeas, Sarangani, 01Dec17]
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