The Daily Manila Shimbun


2 rebels killed in Zamboanga Sibugay encounter

May 14, 2017

Two members of the communist New People's Army (NPA) were killed while two civilians were wounded in an encounter with government troops in Zamboanga Sibugay on Saturday afternoon.

Captain Jo-Ann Petinglay, spokesperson of military's Western Mindanao Command, said the troops encountered around 30 rebels at the vicinity of Sitio Malagak, Brgy. Guinoman, Diplahan, Zamboanga Sibugay Province around 5 pm.

She said the firefight has resulted to the death of two rebels and the injury of two civilian volunteers.

"Upon clearing the engagement area, soldiers found two dead communist terrorists," Petinglay said.

"Meanwhile, two local civilian volunteers operating with the soldiers were wounded during the firefight," she added.

Petinglay said the government forces also recovered two high-powered firearms - one AK47 and one M16 rifle - from the enemies.

"Soldiers also saw bloodstains in the area and on the route of the enemy withdrawal," she said. Robina Asido/DMS