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Four NPA rebels killed in Comval clash

Compostela Valley Province (9 December) -- An encounter between soldiers from the Army's 25th Infantry Battalion and NPA rebels in Compostela Valley Province on Tuesday morning, December 7, 2010, resulted to the death of four rebels and the recovery of assorted high power firearms and improvised explosive devises (IED).

The encounter happened at about 7 o'clock in the morning while the soldiers were conducting the usual secure patrol to protect the civilian populace from all threat groups when they were fired upon by more or less ten NPA rebels in Purok 9, Bgy Pasian, Monkayo Compostela Valley Province.

Firefight ensued for around 40 minutes but the government troops were better trained and equipped forcing the NPA rebels to scamper leaving behind their three dead comrades. Five M16 rifles, one garand and one carbine, two IEDs and voluminous documents were recovered by the government troops at the encounter site.

More than two hours after the firefight, the government troops discovered a wounded female NPA member hiding beneath the bushes. Bleeding profusely from the bullet wound she incurred and unable to walk, fleeing NPA rebels abandoned Lea Palma Gil, a.k.a. Tanya.

Soldier-medic in the field immediately applied first aid treatment to the wounded rebel and called for air evacuation. Using a military helicopter, Lea was airlifted from the encounter site to Camp Panacan Station Hospital. For 15 minutes, military doctors tried their best to save Lea.

Captain Phaveena Aguinaldo, a military doctor, declared Lea's death at around 2:05 P.M. Captain Aguinaldo said, "We did everything to save her but her body gave in to the wound on her right lower extremities affecting a major artery that caused lost of blood."

SOCO-Davao conducted laboratory and fingerprint examination for records and identification purposes. Authorities found out that Lea is a resident of Mati, Davao Oriental. The military is now coordinating with the provincial government of Davao Oriental to inform the family of the slain rebel about Lea's death.

The encounter took place after two successive clashes in Maragusan and a day after residents of Mawab of same province coming from different barangays joined a peace rally asking the members of the CPP/NPA to lay down their firearms and return to the folds of the law. (10th Infantry-AGILA Division, PA) [top]

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