MANILA -- Four New People's Army (NPA) fighters and a soldier were killed in an encounter in Manay town, Davao Oriental on Tuesday morning.
According to the Army's 10th Infantry Division, a firefight ensued after government troops from the 67th Infantry Battalion responded to an alleged extortion activity of the rebels in Barangay Taocanga.
Three NPA members and one soldier were killed on the spot while another rebel died while he was being treated for his wounds.
The military recovered from the NPA an AK-47, M-4 and two M-16 rifles, three landmines, one cellphone, and documents. -- Report from Paul Palacio, ABS-CBN News Southern Mindanao