ZAMBOANGA CITY – Government militia forces repelled an attack by heavily-armed communist rebels in Tangub City, Misamis Occidental on Sunday night. The military said 15 members of the New People’s Army (NPA) fired at the detachment of the Citizen Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) in Barangay Hoyohoy at around about 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
“The rebels were positioned some 100 meters in a vegetated area and fired at the detachment,” said Captain Alberto Caber, spokesman of Philippine Army’s 1st Infantry Division. Caber said that the rebels pushed back after a five-minute firefight. The Army spokesperson said an undetermined number of rebels were injured during the firefight. Caber said 1st Army Division chief, Maj. Gen. Ricardo Rainier Cruz III, has placed all troops in Zamboanga Peninsula on heighten alert for more possible attacks from the communist rebels.