The government soldier injured in an encounter with the New People’s Army in Purok Galaupan, Barangay Carabalan, Himamaylan City, Wednesday, June 9, is out of danger and recovering, Maj. Cenon Pancito III, spokesperson of the 3rd Infantry Division of the Philippine Army, said Thursday, June 10.
The soldier, whose name was withheld, is confined at a hospital in Bacolod City.
The 62nd Infantry Battalion soldiers engaged the rebel forces in two encounters in Purok Galaupan that resulted in the death of one government soldier identified as Cpl. Rodney A. Luces and an NPA fighter.
A day before the encounter, on June 8, the Army while conducting combat patrol at Sitio Mangkopa, Barangay Buenavista, Himamaylan City, also arrested two suspected NPA rebels identified as Kenneth Nabong, 28, and Jason Gason, Pancito said.
Two .45 caliber pistols were seized from them, he said.
They were believed to be monitoring government troops operating in the area, Pancito said.*