25 suspected NPA rebels slain in clash with military in E. Samar
By Robert Dejon / Philippine Daily Inquirer
ORMOC CITY – At least 25 suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) were killed in a clash with government troopers in Barangay Osmeña, Dolores town, Eastern Samar on Monday, August 16.
The Army, which was assisted by the Philippine Air Force, bombarded the alleged rebels’ camp starting at 4 a.m.
Recovered from the encounter site were the 25 bodies of the suspected rebels, 20 long firearms, one laptop, a .45 pistol, and seven improvised explosive devices.
Major General Pio Diñoso, 8th Infantry Division commander, said no one died on the part of the government forces.
“Our troops acted on information received from the community which pointed them to the terrorists’ hideout where they manufacture their explosives,” read a statement released by the Armed Forces of the Philippines.