2 rebels killed

Rebels ambush soldiers in Marilog
DESPITE the directives of National Democratic Front (NDF) for the New People’s Army (NPA) to stand down against government troopers, skirmishes between the two forces continued in the region with a ranking communist leader and comrade killed in the process.

On Friday, NDF consultant Fidel Agcaoili issued a statement confirming the order for its armed group to refrain from attacking government forces so they can “concentrate against Maute, Abu Sayyaf and Ansar Khalifa Philippines groups.” The order, however, came with the condition for the “AFP and PNP likewise to refrain from carrying out offensive operations against the NPA and people’s militia.”

On Saturday, an alleged high-ranking leader and another guerrilla were killed in clash with government troopers in Barangay Araibo, Pantukan, Compostela Valley.

1Lt. Milbert Bonzato, the civil-military operations officer of the 66th Infantry Battalion, said the 10-minute firefight resulted to the death of Ka Lepi, the secretary of NPA’s Southern Mindanao Regional Command (SMRC) Guerrilla Front 27, and another still unidentified rebel.
Two government soldiers were also slightly wounded, and were already declared out of danger.

Bonzato told TIMES that 66th IB troopers were conducting combat operation in the Sitio Radio Room when they encountered at least five rebels.

Upon conducting clearing operation in the encounter site, troopers were able to recover one caliber 45 pistol.

DavOr encounter

Yesterday at around 6:28 a.m., an encounter ensued between government troopers and rebels in Barangay Causwagan, Banaybanay, Davao Oriental.

Capt. Andrew Linao, the civil-military operations officer of 701st IB, told TIMES that 28th IB troopers encountered about 20 members of Front Committee 18, resulting to a firefight that lasted for one hour.

Neither death not injury was reported on both sides.

Upon the clearing operation, soldiers were able to recover six backpacks, three hammocks and three butane cans, medical paraphernalia, subversive documents with high intelligence value.

Linao said the encounter is a result of their intensified conduct of combat operation in Davao Oriental.

“The NPAs here in Davao Oriental are weakening,” he said.

Marilog ambush

Four hours later, rebels ambushed government troopers Barangay Tamugan, Marilog District.

Lt. Col. Raymund Dante Lachica, 3rd IB commander, told TIMES that his troopers were on board two KM450 trucks while traversing along the national highway in Sitio Pagan Pequiño when rebels, believed to be members of PBC 2, SRC3, SMRC, ambushed them.

Lachica said the soldiers were able to return fire. No soldier was reportedly killed or injured in the ambush.

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