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3 suspected NPA rebels killed in Negros Or clash

July 4, 2011 3:22pm

Three suspected communist rebels were killed while five others were wounded following a firefight with government security forces in the central Philippine province of Negros Oriental over the weekend, a regional military officer said Monday.

Col. Jonas Sumagaysay, deputy commander of the Army's 3rd Infantry Division, said the clash erupted 8:15 a.m. when patrolling elements of the 11th Infantry Battalion chanced upon 15 suspected New People's Army insurgents at Sitio Lag-asan in Barangay Tacpao in Guihulngan City.

Sumagaysay said the firefight, which lasted for 15 minutes, also left wounded one Army enlisted personnel identified only as Private Salvador.

The rebel fatalities were identified only by their aliases Amid, Sam and Delio.

Intelligence information reaching the military said five other rebels were wounded, also identified by their aliases: Estella [female], Nap, Sonny, Abner and Ponso.

Formal peace talks with the National Democratic Fund have yet to resume since August 2004. — RSJ, GMA News
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