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3 rebels killed, 3 soldiers hurt in Bukidnon encounter

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By Joel Guinto
First Posted 13:19:00 06/14/2008

MANILA, Philippines — Three suspected communist guerillas were killed while three government troopers were wounded following an encounter in the southern province of Bukidnon before dawn on Saturday, a spokesman for the Philippine Army said.

Troops also overran the New People’s Army (NPA) rebels’ camp, also the headquarters of a regional committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), in Sta. Cruz village, Quezon town, after the three-hour encounter that started at 3:30 a.m., said Lieutenant Colonel Romeo Brawner Jr.

The three fatalities were identified only by their aliases: Grace, Jake, and Tonio, Brawner said in a text message.

The three wounded Army troopers were brought to a military hospital in Cagayan de Oro City, Armed Forces spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Ernesto Torres Jr. said in a separate text message.

Three rifles, a laptop computer, a USB thumb drive, eight landmines, three sacks of bomb materials, a power generator, and a printer were recovered from the rebel camp, and two global positioning system (GPS) device units, the Army spokesman said.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has given security forces until the end of her term in 2010 to “defeat” the communist insurgency, “destroy” Islamic extremist groups, and “contain” the Moro rebellion.

At the end of the first quarter, the military estimated the strength of the NPA, the armed wing of the CPP, at around 5,000.

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