- Posted March 10, 2014 by
12 killed in Philippine clashes
According to Capt. William Alfred Rodriquez, 1002nd Infantry Brigade civil-military operations officer, seven soldiers were killed, including two policemen and three rebel fighters.
Rodriquez said the soldiers on Monday morning were on their way to reinforce the military's Dongapekong Detachment in Matanao town, which was being harassed by the rebels, when the NPA rebels detonated a landmine as their convoy was passing through Asbang Village.
Six troopers were immediately killed in the blast while eight others wounded.
Earlier, an estimated 50 rebels attacked the Matanao Municipal Police Station around 4:30 a.m., killing two police officers and wounding three others.
The slain police officers were identified as PO3 Danny Laganse Moalong and PO3 Manolo Lazarte Booc Jr.
Those wounded were identified as Insp. Renato Yulin Uy, PO1 Sherwin Ray Diapana Cadungog and P01 Nelbert Portabes.
The NPA force was under the command of one Felix Armodia, leader of the rebels' Front 72.
The rebel force managed to snatch seven M-16 automatic rifles, two 9-mm pistols, one .45-caliber pistol and two hand-held radios.
Pursuing government soldiers killed two of the attacking rebels in Barangay Saboy.
Rodriquez said that pursuit operations are still ongoing.