SOLDIERS are pursuing New People’s Army rebels who engaged members of the 54th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army in a 15-minute gun battle in Barangay Binablyan, Tinoc-Ifugao.
Lieutenant Colonel Narciso Nabulnag Jr., 54th IB commanding officer, said the army responded to a report of the presence of the rebels in the area.
Ten members of the NPA Special Partisan Unit fired at the responding army personnel until they were able to escape on board a pickup truck.
No casualties were reported on the side of the army while government troops are still confirming the identities of possible casualties on the side of the rebel group.
Recovered from the encounter site were two rifles consisting of a 30 caliber garand and carbine with nine cartridges, 30 caliber ball and a motorcycle allegedly used by the rebels in their operations in Ifugao and neighboring province.