Soldier killed in Hi­ma­may­lan clash iden­ti­fied

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THE Philip­pine Army soldier killed in a gun bat­tle with New Peo­ple’s Army (NPA) rebels in Hi­ma­may­lan City’s Barangay Bue­nav­ista has been iden­ti­fied.

Based on in­for­ma­tion for­warded by the 62nd In­fantry Bat­tal­ion (62IB), they iden­ti­fied the fa­tal­ity as Pri­vate First Class Joel Far­iñas, while the two wounded were named as Sgt. Froilan Tos­alem and Cor­po­ral Oliver Porten.

A fol­low-up search made by govern­ment forces yielded sev­eral am­mu­ni­tion, gun parts, and an elec­tri­cal wire used for anti-per­son­nel im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vices.

The 62IB also for­warded a copy of an ex­tor­tion let­ter signed by Npa-re­gional Tax­a­tion Group leader Ar­mando Mag­banua.

Ear­lier on Thurs­day, 62IB com­man­der, Lt. Colonel Ig­berto Da­coscos, said he sent sol­diers to the area of Barangay Bue­nav­ista after re­ceiv­ing com­plaints from lo­cal res­i­dents of the NPA’S pres­ence.

As they were pa­trolling the area, the sol­diers en­coun­tered 20 NPA in­sur­gents, which prompted a gun bat­tle.

Da­coscos said three NPA in­sur­gents were killed in the bat­tle, with nu­mer­ous more be­lieved to be wounded.

The con­flict was the 12th recorded this year un­der the ju­ris­dic­tion of the 303rd In­fantry Brigade./tde

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