SOLDIER KILLED IN CLASH WITH NPA IN MISAMIS ORIENTAL

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CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City: An Army soldier was killed while six others were wounded in fighting between communist New People’s Army (NPA) and government troops in Misamis Oriental that Thursday, the military said on Saturday. Capt. Christian Uy, the army’s Public Affairs Division, identified the slain soldier as Pfc Ellan Ramones of the Army’s 403rd Brigade based in the neighboring province of Bukidnon. Wounded in the clash were Cpl. Julius Agusen, Pfc. Jose Noli Pabingwit, Pfc. Cris Lorenzon, Pfc. Dioscoro Briones Jr., Pfc Geofrey Purisima and Pfc. Junard Eborde, all belonging to the 403rd Brigade, Uy added. He said there was a lull in fighting Friday. The skirmishes took place in the hinterlands of Lagonglong in Misamis Oriental Monday morning. The troops were ambushed as they pursued NPA guerrillas who attacked an Army outpost in Lantad, a former rebel stronghold in Balingasag on September 23.

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