A member of the New People’s Army was killed and another was captured when government troops clashed with the rebel group in the hinterlands of Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte, the military reported.
The slain rebel was identified as Danilyn Fabre alias “Karen,” 25, a resident of Mainit town, according to a report from the Army’s 30th Infantry Battalion.
Troops captured Jocelyn Hiningcagan alias “Kyla,” 22, of Gigaquit, after she got injured in the firefight.
The two are believed to be members of units under Guerrilla Front 16 and Sentro De Grabidad 16, both of the North-Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee, the military said.
Members of the 30th IB encountered the rebels in Brgy. Camam-onan on Wednesday afternoon.
Lt. Col. Ryan Charles Callanta, 30th IB commander, said troops were sent to the area after residents reported that rebels had been asking for part of royalty payments to indigenous peoples there.
While on their way, the troops were fired upon by about 30 fully armed rebels, he said.
Soldiers retaliated and the firefight lasted for 45 minutes before the rebels withdrew, Callanta said.
Troops eventually overran the rebels’ encampment and found the body of Fabre, while Hiningcagan was seen with a bullet wound on one of her legs.
Also found at the site were two AK-47 rifles, an M16 rifle, assorted war materiel, and documents.
Callanta said soldiers brought Fabre and Hiningcagan down the mountain following a 10-hour hike, to ensure that the slain will be given a proper burial and the wounded be treated well in a hospital.
Fabre’s remains were taken to a funeral parlor and have since been turned over to her family.
Hiningcagan was first brought to an Army medical support team in Butuan City and later transferred to the Camp Evangelista Station Hospital in Cagayan de Oro City for further treatment.