TWO members of the New People's Army and one government soldier were killed during an encounter that ensued in the villages of Dominga and Dalagdag, Calinan District, Davao City.

Captain Alenel Valles, Civil Military Operations officer of the 3rd Infantry Battalion (IB), told SunStar Davao that the identification of the slain communist rebels remained undetermined.

Valles also refused to divulge the slain soldier’s identity pending notification of the family. The body of the soldier was brought to St. Peter Funeral.

Also, there were nine other soldiers who were wounded and two are in critical condition at Camp Panacan Station Hospital inside the Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao Command, Panacan village, Davao City.

It was reported that the firefight initially started last May 6 at 1:18 p.m. while the troops are conducting clearing operation and then engaged in a clash with about 10 rebels.

After the incident, it was again followed by another encounter last May 10 that resulted to almost 100 families fleeing their homes and seeking safety.

As of this Thursday, a pursuit operation is being conducted by the authorities to track down and apprehend the rebels.