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Soldiers, rebels engaged in firefight in Leyte town

ORMOC CITY- Government troops engaged members of the New People’s Army in a firefight in a remote village of Albuera, Leyte on Tuesday (Nov.28).
Lt. Col. Danilo Dupiag, commanding officer of the 78th Infantry Battalion based in Burauen town, said that his men were in Barangay Talisayan of said town doing their security patrol as the 10 rebel members were conducting their recruitment activity.
This chance meeting resulted in a 15-minute firefight.
The soldiers recovered two pistols of caliber 45, four magazines for cal. 45 with around 50 live ammunition, one hand grenade, five units of a cellular phone, subversive documents and personal belongings of the rebels who broke into different directions on their way to escape.
Dupiag confirmed there was no casualty on the government side.
The battle area can be reached by a 50-minute walk from the national road but located in a mountainous portion of the town, the Army official said.
The armed forces continue hunting the communist terrorists to stop them enticing the civilians to join their organization.
Dupiag ensures the government troops are doing their mission at their best to protect the interest of the community.
Last Nov.23, President Rodrigo Duterte terminated the peace talks between the government and the communist group due to alleged continued attacks by the rebels despite of the then ongoing peace negotiations.
(ELVIE ROMAN ROA)

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