• 2 soldiers, 4 NPA rebels killed in encounter in South Cotabato


    FOUR communist rebels and two soldiers were killed in an encounter in South Cotabato over the weekend, the military said on Monday.

    The gunfight happened in Barangay Ned, Lake Sebu at about 1 p.m. on Sunday when troops from the Philippine Army’s 27th Infantry Battalion, verifying reports of armed men in the area, chanced upon 25 members of the New People’s Army (NPA), according to Capt. Mc Gary Dida, civil-military operations officer of the Army’s 102nd Infantry Brigade.

    The hour-long firefight resulted in the deaths of four communist rebels and two soldiers identified as PFC Jovanie Tagactac and PFC Max Jay Lord Fernando. Three other soldiers were wounded but were not named.

    Dida said the families of the two soldiers killed in action have been informed.

    He also said that pursuit operations against the NPA rebels were ongoing. DEMPSEY REYES



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