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Army, NPA clash in Iloilo

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By Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY — The Philippine Army’s 61st Infantry Battalion (61 IB) clashed with the New People’s Army (NPA) in Leon town, Iloilo province Tuesday morning.

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Lt. Col. Sisenando Magbalot Jr., 61 IB commander, told Manila Bulletin the clash happened around 10:30 a.m. of June 20.

Magbalot said exchange of gunfire lasted for about half an hour before the communist rebels withdrew in different directions.

The encounter came two days after the NPA raided a police station in Maasin town and took service firearms of policemen on duty.

The 61 IB troops are augmented by Regional Public Safety Battalion of the Police Regional Office (PRO-6).

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