By Mike U. Crismundo
Camp Bancasi, Butuan City — Two New People’s Army (NPA) terrorists were slain in an encounter with military troops who were on patrol in Caseras area, Barangay Upper Bala in Magsaysay Davao del Sur, according to Capt. Jerry S. Lamosao, chief of Public Affairs Office (PAO) of the Army’s 10th Infantry (Agila) Division (10th ID), on Friday
Lamosao said soldiers from the 39th Infantry Battalion (39th IB) engaged about 30 heavily armed Communist fighters at around 11:30 a.m. in a fierce gun battle that lasted over an hour.
When the smoke cleared, the soldiers were able to seize from the dead terrorists two M16 Armalite rifles, which were later found to have been the same weapons that were taken from a police station in Matanao, Davao del Sur on March 10, 3014.
No one was hurt on the government side, according to Lamosao.
The leaders of the NPAs were identified by the witnesses through their aliases of Libra, Borjack and Brix, all of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP)-NPA Southern Mindanao Regional Committee, he added.