PH Army, NPA clash anew in Batangas
LUCENA CITY—Army soldiers and suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels clashed again on Thursday, August 4, in Lobo town in Batangas province.
The Batangas police said patrolling soldiers from the Army’s 59th Infantry Battalion at around 10 a.m. chanced upon a group of alleged NPA guerrillas in Barangay Malalim na Sanog.
The battle lasted for three minutes, after which the rebels withdrew.
The government did not report casualties but still undetermined on the NPA group, the police said.
The soldiers reportedly recovered a caliber .45 pistol left behind by the alleged fleeing NPA members.
Troops have been deployed to pursue the rebels.
On July 25, soldiers and NPA rebels also allegedly engaged in a 10-minute gun battle in Barangay Malapad na Parang, also in Lobo.
No casualties were reported on both sides.
On July 18, soldiers and rebels were allegedly engaged in a fierce battle in Taysan town.
A 9-year-old girl died from a stray bullet during the alleged encounter. INQ
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