MANILA — A Philippine army commander said three soldiers were killed and 13 others were wounded in an ambush by communist rebels in the Kalinga province.
Brigadier General Paul Atal, commander of the 503rd Brigade, said Tuesday that the New People's Army rebels used land mines in the attack against about 30 soldiers traveling in a convoy of three army trucks.
Colonel Jeavy Resurreccion, Army's Civil Relations Group chief, identified the slain soldiers as Daryl Amiling, Benjie Paliw and Bryan Masagan.
The injured soldiers were identified as Diony Pataksil, Raymund Vasquez, Henry Coloma III, Ryan Guerero, Dante Mauricio, Lunes Ambatang, Jomar Gammad, Richard Bartolome, Julio Mabanag, Gilbert Ramirez, Erneso Roque and Jose Gayudan Jr., all members of the Army's 51st Division Reconnaissance Company.
Atal said the rebels set off the land mines to disable the trucks and then fired on the soldiers, who fought back, wounding some of the guerrillas who withdrew in the dark in the attack staged late Monday in a remote village of Pinukpuk town.
The encounter lasted for 25 minutes, the military said.
Such hit-and-run tactics has been common in the 46-year-old insurgency, one of Asia's longest running. (AP/Third Anne Peralta-Malonzo/Sunnex)