2 NPA members die in clash with army troops in Surigao del Sur and Bukidnon
MANILA, Philippines — Two alleged members of the communist New People’s Army were killed in separate encounters in Surigao del Sur and Bukidnon over the weekend, the Philippine Army said on Monday.
On Saturday, July 8, elements of the 36th Infantry Battalion of the 901st Infantry Brigade clashed with eight suspected NPA members in Sitio Libas, Barangay Sibahay in Lanuza town, Surigao del Sur.
This led to the death of a suspected rebel identified as Risam Gonzales Gam also known as Kim or Miguel. Troops also captured one M653 Assault Rifle at the encounter site.
On Friday, July 7, the 43rd Division Reconnaissance Company of the 403rd Infantry Brigade also figured in two separate encounters with elements of suspected communist rebels in Barangay Bontongon, Impasugong town in Bukidnon province.
The firefights which lasted for about 30 minutes each resulted in the death of an unidentified male communist and the capture of one M4A1 5.56mm carbine rifle and one M14 7.62mm rifle.