The New People’s Army (NPA), the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), continued to sustain setbacks in battles with government troops.
In Negros Oriental, two NPA rebels were killed in a clash with the Philippine Army on Christmas Eve, the military said on Friday.
Also, soldiers discovered the body of a third NPA combatant in an abandoned rebel lair in Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat on Thursday afternoon.
The two NPA rebels were killed when the unit they belonged to clashed with soldiers from the 11th Infantry Battalion (11th IB) clashed Siaton town in Negros Oriental on Thursday, according to 3rd Infantry Battalion spokesperson Maj. Cenon Pancito 3rd.
Cenon said soldiers were able to “outmanuever” the rebels “and successfully seized their position.”
Lt. Col. Ramir Redosendo, 11th IB commanding officer, condoled with the families and friends of the slain rebels.
The deaths, he said, could have been avoided if rebels “did not deceive and offer lies to members.”
At Sultan Kudarat, soldiers discovered the body of a third NPA rebel in an abandoned lair in Palimbang, Sultan.
“Found beside the cadaver were two improvised explosive devices,” Maj. Gen. Juvymax Uy, commander of the Army’s Infantry Division in the province, said in a statement on Friday.
Soldiers earlier discovered two dead NPA guerillas in an advanced state of decomposition in a bigger lair in the same remote village of Namat Masla in the municipality.
On Wednesday, government troops engaged the rebels in a 45-minute gun battle in Namat Masla after villagers reported the presence of NPA rebels in the area.
“Our troops are still clearing the village that is being terrorized by the NPA (rebels),” Uy said. SOVEREIGNPH