NUEVA ECIJA - Two soldiers were wounded in an encounter with suspected members of the New People's Army (NPA) Wednesday morning in Carangalan, Nueva Ecija.
Based on the investigation, PFC Mark Joseph Mamingcol and PFC Renly Taliongan were watching over a backhoe used in a government construction project in the area when the suspected rebels fired at their direction.
The two soldiers reported the incident, and reinforcements were sent to the area. A fifteen-minute firefight ensued.
Recovered from the scene were several gallons of gasoline, which the soldiers believed will be used by the rebels to burn the backhoe.
1LT. Alenel Valles, commanding officer of the Charlie Company of the 3rd Infantry Battalion, said the incident is part of the suspected rebels' acts of extortion.
Mamingcol and Taliongan sustained gunshot wounds on the hands and legs, while Mario Razul, the backhoe driver, was left unharmed.
The military has launched a hot pursuit operation against the men involved in the incident. - report from Noriel Padiernos, ABS-CBN News North Central Luzon