ZAMBOANGA CITY: Three people were killed after communist rebels and government forces clashed in Kiblawan,a Sarangani, officials said on Saturday.
Officials said New People’s Army rebels attacked a military detachment that killed a pro-government militia Romeo Marila.
Pursuing troops clashed with rebels and killed two gunmen who were identified as Anting Peayay and Victor. Soldiers also recovered two weapons from the slain gunmen.
“The pursuit operation was our measure to protect our own forces from further attacks. That detachment has been subject for harassment since early this year,” said Col. Marcos Norman Flores, commander of the 1002nd Infantry Brigade.
“We always abide in any undertakings in the communities in pursuit of peace and we will ensure that those who creates chaos will face the full force of the law,” he added.
The NPA has been fighting for decades now for the establishment of a Maoist state in the country.