MANILA – A suspected New People's Army (NPA) rebel was killed in an encounter with government troops in Toboso, Negros Occidental before dawn on Friday.
Sr. Insp. Robert Mansueto, chief of Toboso Police, said a soldier was also wounded in the said encounter in Barangay Magticol at around 4 a.m.
First Lieutenant John Rey Espino, section leader of the Bravo Company of the Army's 62nd Infantry Battalion, sustained a gunshot wound to his head. He is now being treated at a hospital.
An investigation is now underway to identify the slain man. Authorities said the site of the clash is a known NPA stronghold. – report from Yasmin Pascual-Dormido, dzMM