A soldier was killed in an encounter with members of the New People’s Army (NPA) the other day in Matuguinao, Samar.
The victim was identified as Cpl. Renjie P. Ada, assigned with the Army’s 43rd Infantry Battalion.
Reports said the encounter occurred at around 9:45 a.m. in Bgy. Mahayag, Matuguinao.
Initial investigation showed that elements of Army’s 43rd IB were on patrol in the area when they encountered some 20 NPA rebels.
A 15-minute firefight ensued, leaving the soldier dead.
According to the residents in the area, the rebels were harassing the villagers and asking for foodstuffs and medicines.