3 ‘rebels’ killed in Compostella days after ceasefire declaration

THREE suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels were killed and several others were wounded in an encounter with government troops in a remote village in Campostella Valley on Tuesday morning, according to military reports.

The encounter took place days after the government declared an 18-day long unilateral cease-fire with NPA rebels for the holiday season.

Reports reaching Camp Aguinaldo, the military general headquarters in Manila, said the latest encounter between government troops and the suspected rebels took place at about 7 a.m. in the vicinity of Brgy. Pasian in Monkayo town.

The report said elements of the Army’s 25th Infantry Batallion chanced upon a group of 20 people believed to be NPA members who were occupying an abandoned house.

Government forces and the group engaged in a firefight that lasted for 20 minutes.

The alleged rebels only identified as Ka Isang, Ka Wendel, and Ka Rambo were killed and several others were wounded.

No casualties were recorded on the government side, the military said.

The troops were also able to recover five M-16 rifles, a Garand rifle, and a carbine left by the group.

The cease-fire that will last from December 16, 2010 to January 3, 2011 is the longest truce declared by the government with NPA rebels in recent years. Anthony Vargas

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