Four dead as army clashed with rebels in CamNor

MANILA, Philippines – Two communist rebels and two young boys were reportedly killed following a clash between government troops and NPA rebels on Saturday afternoon in a hinterland village in Camarines Norte, military reports said Sunday.

Reports reaching Camp Aguinaldo said the latest encounter between troops of the 49th Infantry Batallion (IB) and NPA rebels took place at around 1pm in the vicinity of Brgy. Malayo, Labo town of said province.

The reports identified the slain rebels as Rafael Llanto alias “Gopi”, said to be second in line of the Regional Yunit Gerilla (RYG) and Benjamin Manzera, 54 and resident of said place.

The two young boys killed in an apparent crossfire were likewise identified by Lt. Colonel Epimaco Macalisang, chief of 49tn IB as Michael Manzera, 10 years old and his 7-year old brother Richard.

Macalisang said the clash took place after he dispacthed a platoon of his unit after receiving a ‘hot information’ regarding the extortion activity of the rebels at said village.

The clash broke out when the about 15 rebels started firing as soldiers approached their location at around 1pm with soldiers traded fires with the rebels who were positioned in concealed places around the encounter site.

The rebels fled after about 10 minutes of exchange of fires, leaving behind two of their dead comrades while no casualties among the soldiers who pursued the remnants of the armed rebels.

The reports said that soldiers confiscated two high powered rifles including a Cal 5.56mm M4 Commando and a US Cal 5.56mm M16 Rifle from the slain bandits.

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