2 rebels wounded in clash between Army and NPA in Negros town

February 10, 2012 11:00 pm 

ILOILO CITY, Feb. 10 – Two suspected rebel insurgents were wounded in a fresh encounter between soldiers of the 47th Infantry Batallion, Philippine Army and New People’s Army (NPA) in Negros Occidental.

Lt. Col. Rodrigo Sosmena, 47th IB commander, said the armed clash took place at Sitio Singiayan, Mt. Malipantao, Cauayan, Negros Occidental.

Sosmeña said the Army soldiers were conducting an internal security patrol operation in the hinterlands when they chanced upon the group of armed rebels holed up in their temporary camp in the said area.

Exchange of gunfire between the two groups erupted that later saw the enemy withdrawing toward the forested area bringing along their wounded comrades in their escape after the 30-minute gun battle.

The military authorities said the armed rebels were believed to be under the leadership of a certain Commander Kumpol of the NPA operating in Southern Negros province.

Last month, the government forces also captured a rebel camp located in the hinterlands of Brgy. Camindangan, Sipalay City, also in southern Negros where a red fighter was killed and several others were wounded during the ensuing gun battle.

The rebel camp was believed to be used as temporary training ground by cadres of South West Front Committee under the leadership of a certain Bernard Alvarez.

Seized from the camp were an M16 rifle with two short magazines loaded with live ammunition, military and civilian back packs, jungle hammocks, medical kits, cellular phone, kitchen utensils, personal belongings and subversive documents.

Sosmena said the armed clash has pre-empted enemy plans to intensify their tactical offensives in Negros targeting telecommunication sites, mining companies and other soft targets in order to attain its national goal of strategic stalemate in the future years. (PNA)



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