TWO Marine soldiers were killed and several others were wounded on Thursday morning following a two-hour long firefight between troops of the Marine Battalion Landing Team-12 (MBLT-12) and a group of unidentified armed group in a remote village in Bataraza town in Palawan.
Reports reaching the Philippine National Police (PNP) National Operation Center in Camp Crame said the encounter took place in the vicinity of a local dam in Barangay Bono-Bono, Bataraza town.
The same report identified one of the two troopers killed as Corporal Alex De Guzman.
The troops were conducting combat patrol operation in the vicinity of a dam when they chanced upon an undetermined number of armed men in the area.
A firefight ensued which lasted for almost two hours and resulted in the killing of two Marine troopers, and an undetermined number wounded on the enemy side.