2 rebels captured, soldier slain in Bataan encounter

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013


CAMP OLIVAS -- Two rebels of the New People’s Army (NPA) were captured while a soldier was killed during an encounter in Barangay Liyang, Pilar, Bataan over the weekend.

In a report, Senior Superintendent Audie Atienza, Bataan police provincial director, identified the fatality as Private First Class Arnel Padilla, a member of 24th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army.

Atienza said the captured NPA rebels were not immediately identified.
He said that government troops encountered 15 heavily armed men believed to be NPA rebels

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while conducting a combat operation at said barangay. The firefight lasted for 10 minutes.

However, during the rebels’ withdrawal, two of them were captured by government troops.

Atienza said government troops scoured the mountainous areas of Pilar, Orion and Bagac but failed to find the fleeing rebels.

At the same time, Atienza has ordered Bagac Police to establish a checkpoint to prevent the possible exit of the rebels. (Ric Sapnu)

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on July 17, 2013.

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