SURIGAO CITY – A member of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) was killed while several other rebels were believed to have been wounded in a firefight last March 5 in the town of Kitcharao in Agusan del Norte, an army official reported.
1st Lt. Joe Patrick Martinez, spokesman of the Philippine Army’s 402nd Brigade, said the clash occurred during a routine patrol of the 5th Scout Ranger Company at around 6:00 in Sitio Taiwan in Bangayan last Monday.
Government troops recovered one AK-47 assault riffle after the 30-minute gun battle with an estimated 150 rebels in the remote village, Martinez told GMA News Online.
He said one army soldier, Private First Class Romeo Gacascas, was wounded in the clash and brought to a hospital in Butuan City. Meanwhile, the slain guerrilla was brought to the police headquarters in the Municipality of Jabonga for identification, he added.