Army, SAF engage in encounter with rebels

THE 62nd Infantry Battalion (IB) of the Philippine Army and Philippine National Police -Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) engaged in a firefight with suspected members of New People's Army (NPA) in Barangay San Isidro, Toboso, Negros Occidental early Thursday morning.

Lieutenant Colonel Darrell Bañez, commander of 62nd IB, said yesterday the troops and police were conducting community security patrol in the area when they encountered about 10 armed men around 5 a.m.

“The firefight lasted for about two minutes,” Bañez said.

No casualties were reported.

Additional troops were sent to the area to track down the armed men.

The joint combat operation of 62nd IB and PNP-SAF is in response to the reports they received from residents about the presence of armed men in the village.

Bañez expressed his gratitude to the community for their full cooperation that helped the government troops ensure peace and order in the province.

Colonel Eliezer Losañes, commander of 303rd Infantry Brigade, said hot pursuit operation is ongoing.
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