Two suspected rebels, including an alleged bomb expert of the New People’s Army were killed in a clash in the village of Buhisan in San Agustin, Surigao del Sur on Tuesday, the military said.
Capt. Rodulfo S. Cordero, Jr., spokesperson of the Army’s 401st Infantry Brigade, said one of the slain rebels identified only as Ka Orbano was believed to be an explosives expert.
He said the clash ensued when soldiers from the 75th Infantry Battalion pursued rebels responsible for the landmine blast in Barangay San Isidro, Lianga that killed two lumads and a soldier on Nov. 6.
The encounter site is about seven kilometers from lumad communities in Barangay Diatagon, Lianga and Buhisan, San Agustin where hundreds of villagers fled their homes on Saturday in the wake of a military operation against communist rebels.
Despite the encounter, Col. Andres Centino, commanding officer of the 401st IB based in Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur assured the Manobo indigenous peoples that there is no reason for them to evacuate since the area of operations is distant from their communities and intended to pursue the fleeing NPAs. By GD PHOTO/RC Jr.