3 soldiers hurt in NPA clash

THREE soldiers were wounded in another encounter with members of the New People's Army (NPA) Sunday afternoon in Barangay Dominga in Calinan District, Davao City.

Calinan police identified the wounded soldiers as Private First Class (Pfc.) Ruben Gotanggonan, Pfc. Rex M. Barsabal, and Pfc. Marvin Asuncio, all members of the Philippine Army's 69th Infantry Battalion.

The wounded soldiers are now undergoing treatment at the Panacan Hospital Station in Panacan District in Davao City.

Record from Calinan Police Station showed that the encounter took place around 4:15 p.m. at Lower Quibaton in Barangay Dominga.

The police said one section of a Scout Platoon led by Second Lieutenant Mohammad Johaiman Manda of the 69th Infantry Battalion conducted patrol operation in the area when they encountered around 20 NPA rebels.

According to Manda, the firefight lasted for about 30 minutes before the rebels scampered to a far-flung area in Calinan.

Manda said they believe there are also a number of communist rebels who sustained to several gunshot wounds during the encounter.

The 69th Infantry Battalion troops launched Monday a pursuit operation against the members of the NPA Basil Platoon under the Pulang Bagani Command 1 whom they have encountered in Calinan. (ICT)
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