The 63rd Infantry Battalion under the 8th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army figured in an encounter with suspected members of the Communist Terrorist Group NPA on Monday, May 2.
Troops conducting Focused Military Operations clashed against nine personalities believed to be members of BUGSOK Pltn, SRC, SESAME at Sitio Lanaga, Barangay Cancaiyas, Basey, Samar.
The 25-minute firefight resulted in the seizure of one M16 rifle with two magazines and 10 rounds of ammunition.
The suspected rebels then withdrew towards the North-East direction.
Government troops are in pursuit operation to capture the fleeing terrorists.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines intensified its security operations against the communist terrorist group nationwide ahead of the national and local election to ensure a safe, accurate and free election on May 9. — AFP