By SHERWIN DE VERA
BAGUIO CITY — The 5th Infantry Division of the Armed Forces in the Philippines on August 31, claimed their troops killed a suspected New People’s Army member in an alleged encounter in Bontoc, Mountain Province.
Soldiers from the 50th Infantry Battalion reported they engaged rebels in an overnight battle in the mountains of Mainit on Thursday until dawn Friday. The army encountered an estimated 30 rebels while on patrol.
The government forces suffered no casualties and recovered two M16 rifles said Captain Jefferson Somera, division spokesperson and public affairs chief.
Remains of the slain rebel was brought to a local funeral parlor for autopsy and identification. The NPA has yet to acknowledge the incident. # nordis.net