TACLOBAN CITY: A soldier was killed while two armed rebels were captured in a 15-minute fire fight on the outskirts of Las Navas, Northern Samar on Tuesday.
Lt. Raphael Vincent Cubillan, a 2014 Philippine Military Academy graduate was seriously wounded during the encounter, but succumbed while being airlifted to a military hospital in Samar province.
Two members of New People’s Army (NPA) left behind by their comrades are now in the custody of the AFP and will be handed to the Philippine National Police (PNP).
The encounter happened in a remote area of Imelda village, Las Navas town early morning of Feb. 3, according to information released by public affairs office of the 8th Infantry Division base in Camp Lukban, Catbalogan City, Samar.
Initial report from Lt. Col. Edgar R. Delos Reyes, commanding officer of the 34th Infantry Battalion, government troops were conducting peace and security operations when a concerned citizen informed them about the presence of NPA rebels in the remote village of Imelda.
Maj. Gen. Jet B. Velarmino, 8ID Commander, expressed his condolence to the bereaved family of the slain soldier and also expressed his appreciation to the efforts of other troops involved in the operation. PNA