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PAF-NPA battles intensify

An armed guerilla member of the New People’s Army (NPA) was killed during a 15-minute firefight between rebels and the 730th Combat group of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) yesterday here.

The gunfight started after authorities acted on a report regarding the presence of an armed group said to be conduting extortion activities.

The rebels almost immediately opened fire when they saw the approaching troops.

In Davao del Norte, two suspected NPA members guerrillas were killed following an encounter against government soldiers in Asuncion town.

Army Captain Ryan Batchar, 10th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office chief said soldiers from the 60th IB engaged around 20 NPA rebels belonging to Guerrilla Front 33 in a 40-minute firefight at Sitio Alungan, Brgy Sangayen in Asuncion.

Two dead bodies of unidentified NPA rebels and two AK-47 rifles were recovered in the said area after the encounter.

In Bukidnon, armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) simultaneously attacked two private companies in Bukidnon on Sunday.

Sunday afternoon, about 15 fully-armed NPAs entered the compound of the proposed site for the 10.6 megawatt Pulanai Hydroelectric Power Plant in Valencia City while another NPA group burned down two spray trucks owned by Davco Agri Venture Corporation (DAVCO).