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One soldier dies, 4 wounded in clash with rebels in Batangas, Samar


MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) - A government trooper died, four soldiers were wounded and three New People's Army rebels were captured in two separate incidents in the provinces of Batangas and Western Samar, military officials said today.

In Western Samar, a government militiaman died while three NPA rebels, including an amazon, were captured following a clash in Calbiga town at around 7:35 a.m. Monday, said 87th Infantry Battalion commander Cerilo Balaoro.

Balaoro said his men proceeded to the village of GInbanga after receiving an information that rebels were encamped in the area. He said the troops clashed with the rebels for about 15 to 20 minutes, after which the insurgents withdrew.

The second incident occurred at around 2:30 p.m. on Sunday at Natipunan village in Nasugbo town, Batangas, said Generoso Bolina, spokesman of the military's Southern Luzon Command.

Bolina said troops from the Air Force's 730th Combat Group were aboard two military trucks and on their way to their base in Calayo village when the rebels detonated an anti-personnel landmine.

Bolina lashed at the rebels for their continued use of landmines. "The Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law signed by NPA forbids the use of landmines," he said.
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(PhilStar.Com) January 23, 2012 07:01 PM 

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