THREE suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels and a soldier were killed during a series of encounters in Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley province on Wednesday.
Captain Rhyan Batchar, Philippine Army’s 10th Infantry Division (ID) Public Affairs Office chief, said the first encounter occurred in Sitio Booy, Barangay Pinamuno in San Isidro, Davao del Norte.
He said elements of the Army’s 60th Infantry Battalion (60IB) were conducting security patrol in the area when they engaged the guerrillas in a firefight that lasted for about two hours where the rebels retreated leaving two of their fallen comrades.
Security forces recovered two unexploded Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), detonating cord, blasting caps, subversive documents, and a cellular phone.
A soldier, whose identity was withheld pending notification of next of kin, died during the encounter.
Later, another encounter occurred in Sitio Tugpahan, Barangay Imelda, in Laak town, Compostela Valley where the rebels left three M-16 rifles and another IED.
At about 5:50 p.m., Batchar said that while government forces were scouring the encounter site, another firefight ensued resulting in the death of another rebel. An AK-47 rifle was found during clearing operations.