5 NPA dead in encounter with military in Sorsogon

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 15) — Five suspected combatants of the New People’s Army (NPA) were killed Sunday in an encounter with the military in Matnog, Sorsogon, police said.

Bicol police reported that an encounter between an unknown number of suspected New People’s Army members and the Army’s 31st Infantry Battalion happened at 7:15 a.m. in Barangay Calpi.

Among those killed in the encounter is a certain Robert Estiller, the police said. An M16 rifle with an M203 grenade launcher, an M653 rifle with an M203 grenade launcher, and another M16 rifle were recovered from the scene.

All unit commanders in Bicol were directed to be on alert and to conduct checkpoint operations.