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Friday, March 27, 2009

One dead, many wounded as Army, NPA clash in Zambales

Palauig, Zambales -- Clashes broke out between the military and the communist New People's Army (NPA) Friday morning in Sitio Aguas, Barangay Babuyan, Sta. Cruz, Zambales that left one dead and an undetermined number wounded.

In a phone interview, Col. Philip S. Lapinid, commanding officer of the 24th IB, 7ID of the Philippine Army, narrated that they received late last night an intelligence report of communist movement in Sitio Aguas where some 60 communist guerillas belonging to the Sangay ng Partido sa Platon (SPP) is conducting a mass indoctrination and recruitment operation.

The 24th IB, he said, immediately initiated a hot pursuit operation until firefight erupted at about 9:30 am, Friday morning and lasted about five hours. The brigade immediately called for reinforcements from other Philippine Army detachments and cornered the rebels.

The identity of the lone fatality, a member of the communist insurgents, and those of the wounded are still unknown as clearing operations are still being conducted as of press time.

This is the second reported encounter between the army and the rebels this week as the Phil. Army engaged a group of Rebolusyonaryong Hukbong Bayan (RHB) in Barangay Malabon, Candelaria, Zambales.

An armalite riffle was recovered during the operation. No casualties or injured were reported. (AMV/PIA-Zambales)

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