ZAMBOANGA CITY: Government troops killed a rebel commander in a clash with the communist rebel group New People’s Army (NPA) in southern Philippines, a spokesman said Tuesday.
Captain Raul Villegas, of the 10th Infantry Division, said five soldiers were also wounded in the fighting that erupted in the village of Aliwagwag in Davao Oriental’s Cateel town. He said troops also recovered the automatic rifle of the slain NPA leader who was identified only by his alias Ka Ryan.
He said the soldiers, members of the 67th Infantry Battalion, were patrolling in the village when it ran into a group of rebels and a firefight ensued.
General Ricardo Rainier Cruz 3rd, chief of the Eastern Mindanao Command, urged members of the NPA to surrender and avail of the military’s Guns for Peace Program, which offers amnesty and financial assistance to rebels.