3 killed as government forces repel NPA attack in Mati City

February 16, 2015 1:58 pm 

MANILA, Feb. 16 — Two soldiers and a New People's Army (NPA) fighter was killed as government security forces foiled a rebel attempt to capture the Mati City Police Station in Davao Oriental Sunday night.

The incident took place 7: 30 p.m., 10th Infantry Division spokesperson 1st Lt. Vergel Lacambra said.

He added the NPA attempt fizzled out as duty police officers stood their ground and were reinforced by troopers of the 701st Infantry Brigade 30 minutes later.

A running gun battle resulted and this led to the death of two troopers and one NPA fighter.

Lacambra said armored vehicles were mobilized to secure the heavily populated area from further NPA attack.

Joint Army and Philippine National Police personnel based in Mati City has now contained the situation.

Government troopers are now pursuing the fleeing rebel force.

Nearby government forces in the province were also alerted.

Col. Bienvenido Datuin, 701st Infantry Brigade commander, vowed to crush NPA force in the ongoing law enforcement operations.

Meanwhile, 10th Infantry Division Commander, Major Gen. Eduardo M. Año considered the attack as a desperate nuisance move by NPA amidst the strengthening developmental programs of Davao Oriental anchored on a stable peace and order climate prevailing in the province.

“While we strongly condemn this attack by the lawless NPA bandits notably even in a populated community, we will continue working with different stakeholders to make sure Davao Oriental remains a development-ready province. All together, we will keep it that way," Año concluded. (PNA)

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