Two suspected communist rebels were killed in a clash with government forces in an upland village in Jabonga town, Agusan del Norte Sunday morning.
Lt. Col. Aristotle Antonio, commander of the Army’s 29th Infantry Battalion, said the clash involved at least 15 New People’s Army (NPA) guerrillas and took place at the village of Baleguian around 7 a. m.
Antonio said soldiers received information from villagers about the presence of NPA rebels in the area.
The tip prompted the Army to deploy soldiers to the area, which led to the gunfight, said Antonio.
After an hourlong gunfight, the soldiers reportedly recovered two dead bodies of communist guerrillas – one female and one male – who were left behind by their fleeing comrades.
The slain rebels’ identities are not yet known.
The soldiers also found two high-powered firearms, assorted types of ammunition,personal belongings and communist documents at the encounter site.
The troops did not suffer any casualty, Antonio added.
Col. George Banzon, commander of the Army’s 401st Infantry Brigade, said the Army would continue its offensive against the terrorist NPA “to keep them away from their traditional guerilla bases and be isolated from their former masses.”
“The recent encounter may serve as stern warning for the remaining members of the CTG that there’s no more safe place for them,” Banzon said.
“The people nowadays are aware of their deceitful tactics and they are already cooperative in our peace efforts. The CTG’s remaining option is to surrender and abandoned the armed struggle,” he added. CLC