Soldier dies in clash with suspected NPA rebels in Masbate
MANILA, Philippines — A soldier was killed on Monday during an encounter with suspected members of the communist New People’s Army in Masbate town, the Philippine Army said.
Corporal Antonio Parreno Jr. was killed after the 2nd Infantry Battalion figured in a five-minute exchange of gunfire with some 12 communist rebels in Barangay Villahermosa in Cawayan town.
The Army said the casualty in the rebel side is still being determined.
Meanwhile, government troops confiscated an R4 assault rifle, two improvised explosive devices, and other personal materials.