Almost a week after President Rodrigo Duterte lifted the unilateral ceasefire, five were killed and 12 were wounded in three separate encounters between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and New People's Army, a military spokesperson confirmed Friday.
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Capt. Ryan Batchar, 10th Infantry Division spokesperson said an encounter between 25th Infantry Batallion and SECOM 20 of the Southern Mindanao Regional Committee of NPA took place Thursday at Barangay Rizal, Monkayo, Compostela Valley.
He said two soldiers sustained minor gunshot wounds.
Batchar also said that at 7:50 a.m. Friday, while troops from 25th IB were conducting operations along Kilometer 56, Brgy. Rizal, Monkayo, ComVal, a landmine exploded. A firefight perpetrated by around 60 members of NPA followed, he added.
The military said three soldiers and a female rebel were killed in action, while nine soldiers were wounded and are now being attended to at the Camp Panacan Station Hospital in Davao City.
Another military offensive took place at Purok 5, Maragusan town in Compostela Valley Friday afternoon, killing one NPA rebel, and wounding a soldier after the 71st Infantry Batallion received an information from a civilian about the presence of rebels in the area.
Batchar said the remains of three slain soldiers and the rest of wounded soldiers are at Camp Panacan station hospital.
President Duterte, in his visit at the headquarters of 3rd Infantry Division in Capiz City Friday, confirmed the recent attack in southern Mindanao.