COTABATO -- Two soldiers from the Armed Forces of the Philippines 1002nd Brigade died, while three other soldiers were wounded in an encounter with members of New People's Army (NPA) Guerilla Front Committee 54 in the outskirts of Sitio Timodos, Brgy. Manonisa, Magpet, North Cotabato at about 9:55 a.m. on Saturday.
According to 57th Infantry Battalion commander Col. Nilo Vinluan, at least six members of the NPA were wounded or killed during the one-hour fire fight based on the blood stains found in the area of encounter.
The members of the NPA Guerilla Front Committee 54 were being pursued by the Army because of their alleged involvement in the Matan-ao, Davao del Sur attack last week.
Despite the casualties from the government side, Vinluan vowed to continue pursuit operations against the rebels.
The Army has yet to release the names of the two dead soldiers as their relatives have yet to be informed.