By Francis Wakefield
A still undetermined number of New People’s Army (NPA) rebels were believed hurt following a clash against government troops in Quezon on Tuesday (June 11), a military official disclosed Wednesday.
Lt. Col. Arnold Gasalatan, the Commanding Officer of the Army’s 85th Infantry Battalion, said troops of the 21st Division Reconnaissance Company (DRC) were conducting Focus Military Operation (FMO) in the boundaries of Barangays Villa Nacaob and Binahian C both of Lopez, Quezon, when they clashed against five NPAs believed to be members of Platoon Sol of Sub-Regional Military Area (SRMA) 4B.
The exchange of gunfire lasted for ten minutes.
Gasalatan said no one was hurt on the government side while there are signs of casualties on the enemy side as indicated by the heavy blood stains in their position.
The enemies brought along their wounded comrades when they scampered away according to the troops.
Gasalatan said troops launched an operation in the area after receiving a tip from the civilians that a group of armed NPAs was extorting rice and money from the residents of the barangay.
At present, troops are conducting hot pursuit operations and checkpoints together with the local police against the NPA terrorists in the area.