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Soldier killed in clash with rebels in Albay

/ 11:10 PM November 15, 2017

LEGAZPI CITY – An Army soldier was killed by suspected members of New People’s Army (NPA) in an encounter in Ligao City in Albay province on Wednesday morning, police said.

Pfc. Ryan Belga, a 23-year-old resident of Polangui town, also in Albay, was slain in the firefight in Barangay Balanac, a remote village in Ligao City at around 10:10 a.m., Chief Insp. Arthur Gomez, spokesperson of Albay Police Provincial Office, said.

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He said Belga and his fellow soldiers were on patrol when they engaged the rebels.

The firefight lasted for about 20 minutes. –Mar S. Arguelles /atm

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