GINGOOG CITY – Two suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) were killed in an encounter with government troops in Sitio Mangilit, Barangay Bal-ason, Gingoog City.
Lt. Col. Jose Leonard B. Gille, commanding officer of 4th civil-military operation, said the still unidentified men may have been members of the Guerilla Front 4B, North Central Mindanao Regional Command of the NPA.
Recovered from the scene were two M-16 rifles, Gille said.
According to Gille, they received information about the presence of NPA members in the area prior to the encounter.
Gille said the NPA members killed may have been responsible for the ambush on former Gingoog City Mayor Ruth Guingona in 2013.
Guingona survived, but 2 of her aides died. - From a report by PJ dela Pena, ABS-CBN News Northern Mindanao