Twelve suspected members of the New People's Army (NPA) were apprehended at a police checkpoint following a clash between government troops and the communist guerrillas in Nasugbu, Batangas on Monday.
The police flagged down at 10 a.m. a jeep packed with individuals believed to be involved in the encounter, military reports said.
Brig. Gen. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos Jr., commander of 202nd Infantry Brigade, said the checkpoint was set up to prevent the "armed terrorists" from leaving the site.
He supervised the operations of the 730th Combat Group of the Philippine Air Force that clashed with the rebels after they found an encampment in Barangay Utod on Monday at 8:18 a.m.
The "terrorists" are still hiding in the vicinity of the site, said Maj. Gen. Rhoderick Parayno, acting commander of the Armed Forces of the Philippine's Southern Luzon Command.
The Air Force soldiers, he said, will be able to verify if the alleged rebels are the same group involved in the clash.
The military is now checking the identities of the suspects.