Soldier, rebel killed in Negros clashes

FIGHTING between security forces and suspected New People’s Army guerrillas erupted anew in Manjuyod, Negros Oriental late Saturday evening leaving one soldier and a  rebel dead, Police Regional Office 7 director, Brigadier General Debold M. Sinas said yesterday.

The slain Army soldier was identified as Corporal Leoter Cagape while wounded were Private First Class Emmanuel Paja and Private Deny Reyes.

One M-203 tube and one M-14 magazine belonging to the members of the Army’s 94th Infantry Battalion were damaged during the clash in Sitio Kambugtong, Barangay Bantolinao in Manjuyod municipality around 11:35 p.m. Saturday, the official said.

According to Sinas, eight policemen from the Regional Mobile Force Battalion of the PRO7 and the Army led by 1Lt. Abdulnasser Israel encountered the guerrillas while they were on patrol.

Recovered at the scene of the heavy fighting were the body of a still unidentified suspected rebel as well as five improvised landmines, one rifle grenade, a hand grenade, four Pm-16 magazines, 10 spent 40mm cartridges, 248 live M-16 ammunition, 13 cellphones, six jungle hammocks, six backpacks, one AM/FM radio transistor,  assorted medical equipment and kits, knives and scissors, kitchen utensils including cooking pot, water containers, spoon and fork, foodstuff including rice, canned goods and grocery items, personal belongings including clothes, P398 in various denominations as well as suspected NPA documents.

Sinas said  members of the Manjuyod Municipal Police Station were  still collating other pieces of evidence at the scene as of press time.