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AT least three (3) suspected members of the local armed group Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) died in a brief encounter with government troops in barangay Bolbok, Tuy, Batangas, last Sunday, June 23.

Upon receiving information that armed men were spotted by residents of Sitio Maligtas, of the said barangay, members of the 59th Infantry (PROTECTOR) Battalion of the Philippine Army patrolled the area and an encounter ensued with around nine (9) armed men, believed to be members of the local terrorist group NPA at the vicinity of Nagsangang Ilog.

After a short exchange of gunfire, the bodies of two (2) unidentified members of the terror group were found in the area.

Government troops recovered in the said incident an M16 rifle, a R4 rifle, an Uzi sub-machine gun, an improvised hand grenade and personal belongings of the slain fighter.

After around 10 minutes, another encounter ensued in the same barangay leading to the death of another unidentified armed man. Another Uzi sub-machine gun was recovered in the said encounter, as well as the personal belongings of the slain fighter.

There was no report of casualty or wounded among the government troops, or even among the residents who fled from the area.

As of press time, government troops are continuously running after the members of the terror group who were able to escape from the said armed encounter.

Meanwhile, the 59IB men have already coordinated with the local government of Tuy for the proper disposition of the remains ot the slain fighters.| – BNN News Team

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