Soldiers from Philippine Army’s 701st Brigade under the command of Colonel Ruben Basiao killed a commander of the NPA and four members in different operations June 17 and 18 in Davao Region, the Eastern Mindanao Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (EASTMINCOM) said.
The first encounter transpired dawn of June 17 along Sitio KM 35, Taytayan, Cateel, Davao Oriental when troops of 67th Infantry Battalion, while responding to a report of NPA presence in the area, was fired upon leading to a firefight, EASTMINCOM said.
The said encounter lasted for an hour. NPA rebels left the site with three dead members, two M16 rifle one AK47 rifle, one M203, one M14 rifle and two IED.
“Noon of June 17, 2017 troops of 66IB acting on the report of NPA presence in Araibo, Pantukan, Compostela Valley encountered the group of @ Lepi a known leader of NPAs being monitored in the area,” EASTMINCOM said. “The firefight led to the death of @Lepi and an unidentified NPA member and the recovery of a cal. 45 pistol. Two soldiers were reported to have been wounded during the said encounter which accordingly are in stable condition now.”
Another encounter happened June 18 which resulted to recovery of one M16 rifle, one AK 47 rifle numerous various ammunition, one rifle grenade, improvised explosive device paraphernalia, hammocks, rubber boots, radio sets, subersive documents and personal belongings.
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