ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanao Examiner / Nov. 14, 2012) – A communist rebel and a government soldier were killed in separate clashes in the southern Philippines where security forces are battling the insurgents, officials said Wednesday. Capt. Alberto Caber, a spokesman for the 1st Infantry Division, said New People’s Army rebels killed Corporal Anthony Bahala, a member of the 53rd Infantry Battalion, in the town of Guipos in Zamboanga del Sur province.
He said Bahala was sent to the village of Dalapan to verify the presence of rebels extorting money from civilians and heading back to base when attacked by the NPA late Tuesday afternoon. “It was a treacherous attack and troops are tracking down the NPA rebels,” Caber told the regional newspaper Mindanao Examiner. He said regional Army commander Lt. Gen. Ricardo Rainier Cruz III has ordered troops to stay vigilant following the attack on the soldier. Government troops also clashed Tuesday with communist rebels, killing one gunman and wounding another near the town of Tulunan in North Cotabato province.