MANILA – A soldier was killed and three others were wounded in an encounter with New People's Army (NPA) rebels in Misamis Oriental on Wednesday, the military said.
Capt. Jefferson Somera, spokesman of the Army's 1st Infantry Division, said government troops from the Army's 55th Infantry Battalion swooped down on a rebel camp in Anonang village in Bonifacio at around 11 a.m., triggering a firefight.
"We received reports on the rebel presence, allegedly they are planning to conduct atrocities against business establishments so our troops responded…They found the camp, leading to the encounter. We swooped down on the rebel camp and we were able to capture it," Somera said, citing reports from the field.
The soldier killed in the clash was only identified as a certain Cpl. Depositario, while the wounded were identified as 2nd Lt. Pamor, Cpl. Vincoy and Pvt. Lee.
The military was able to capture the camp, which can accommodate around 30 to 35 fully-armed rebels.
Somera said a number of rebel soldiers were also wounded in the incident.
“They (rebels) were able to take with them their casualties," he said.