MANILA, Philippines - Government troops shot and killed 2 suspected communist rebels during a clash in Mexico, Pampanga Friday morning, a military spokesman said.
Lt. Col. Rogelio Mesias, spokesman of the Army’s 7th Infantry Division, said troops from the 703rd Brigade were deployed at Sta. Cruz village following information of rebel presence in the area.
He said the troops, backed up by police elements, caught up with the rebels at 5:15 a.m. and started a firefight. Three of the rebels, who were allegedly members of the Marxist Leninist Proletariat Party- Rebolusyonaryong Hukbong Bayan, were killed in the encounter.
Mesias said troops found 2 M16 rifles, an M203 grenade launcher, a cal. 45 pistol, and ammunition for M203 in the area.
“This is a planned operation. We had sightings (of the rebels), prompting us to launch the operations in coordination with the PNP. Their presence was reported by the civilians,” he said.