Philippines: At least 5 New People’s Army (NPA) rebels killed in clashes with military in Davao Oriental
At least five New People’s Army (NPA) rebels were killed in fresh clashes with government troops in outlying villages in Davao Oriental province this week.
The military confirmed on Wednesday, September 14, that fierce encounters took place in the hinterland villages of Banaybanay and Lupon in Davao Oriental since Sunday, and that the military operations were ongoing.
Captain Maximo Trinidad Jr., the spokesman of the Army’s 48th Infantry Battalion, said the clashes resumed on Tuesday, September 13, in the village of San Vicente in Banaybanay town where three rebels were killed.
It was a spillover, he said, of the encounter that killed two rebels in the hinterland village of Mahayahay in the neighboring town of Lupon on Sunday, September 11.