A soldier died while two others were wounded when government troops clashed with members of the New People’s Army (NPAs) on Monday in Infanta, Quezon.
Another gun battle erupted also today between the two sides in Occidental, Mindoro, this time claiming the life of a female rebel.
Major General Rhoderick Parayno, commander of the Philippine Army 2nd Infantry Division (PA-2ID), said the Quezon encounter happened in Sitio Little Baguio in Barangay Magsaysay, Infanta, Quezon.
He said government troops from the 1st Infantry Battalion fought with an undetermined number of NPA rebels in the area, resulting in the death of a soldier and wounding of two others, who were brought to the 2nd Army Station Hospital for treatment.
The names of the fatality and the wounded troops were not immediately released pending notification of their families.
Parayno said the troops are still conducting pursuit operation for the fleeing rebels.
He said, meanwhile, that the other clash occurred in Barangay Barahan in Sta. Cruz, Occidental Mindoro.
Parayno said a section from the 76th Infantry Battalion encountered around 30 armed NPA terrorists, leading to a skirmish that lasted 30 minutes. A lone female casualty from the enemy side identified as Ka Bikke was reported.
The military troops also recovered a caliber .99 mm pistol and improvised explosive device (IED) following the clash.
Parayno vowed that the Army will continue to go after the rebels until they stop terrorist acts against the people. (Pau Mojar/PNA)