Three suspected members of the rebel group New People’s Army (NPA) were killed in a clash with military troops in Bindoy town in Negros Oriental on Thursday. A soldier was also injured in the encounter.
According to Col. Inocencio Pasaporte, commanding officer of the 303rd Brigade of the Philippine Army, authorities were conducting patrols and monitoring on the last day of releasing a social amelioration grant when government troops received information that there are NPA members in the area.
Soldiers responded and encountered the rebels in Barangay Cambudlas around 4 pm. The exchange of gunfire took about 30 minutes.
According to Pasaporte, it was Thursday night when the military saw the three unidentified rebels.
Authorities recovered a shotgun, two bandoliers, and two backpacks from the scene of the incident.
2 NPA rebels killed in Masbate clash- Bicol Police
Bicol Police reported two rebels from New People’s Army (NPA) were killed on Thursday (April 30) in a clash with government forces in Monreal, Masbate.
According to Maj. Maria Luisa Calubaquib, Bicol police spokesperson, police were serving a warrant of arrest at the village of McArthur past 5 am when they encountered at least 15 NPA rebels.
The person to be arrested was not identified, and it was not clear yet if the NPA tried to intercept the arrest.
Calubaquib said two NPAs were killed in the gunfight. She also said the police recovered the rebels’ deceased bodies, an M-16 assault rifle, and two Carbines from the clash scene.
The identities of the slain rebels’ identities are not yet known.
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Two men killed after tanker truck tilted in Negros Oriental
Two men died after a tanker truck carrying molasses tilted in Bayawan City, Negros Oriental.
The truck helper Nick Boy Cadayona, 30 years old and 19-year-old JR Gantalao, died due to severe head and body injuries.
The victims were aboard the 14-wheeler tanker driven by a 37-year-old relative of Gantalao when it crashed on the highway of Barangay Nangka.
During an investigation by the Bayawan City Police, the truck was coming down the curb when the driver lost control of the steering wheel.
The driver said he was braking, but lost control of the truck until it crashed.
Cadayona was thrown near the canal, while molasses from the truck hit Gantalao.
The truck came from central Bayawan and was headed to Sta. Catalina in Negros Oriental when the incident happened.