by Rouchelle R. Dinglasan/BM, GMA News
Published in gmanetwork.com
One soldier was killed by the supposed members of the National People's Army on Monday morning in Kapalong town in Davao del Norte, the military said Monday.
In an emailed statement, Captain Jose Napoleon Gamos, a military public affairs officer, disclosed that some members of the 60th Infantry Battalion were "harassed" by members of the communist group while conducting an outreach program in Brgy. Gupitan in Kapalong.
He said that the Peace and Development Team of Bravo Company of the 60th Infantry Battalion's temporary base in the area were fired upon by the communist insurgents.
"The NPA positioned themselves at a nearby school and church during the attack, making it difficult for the Government troops to retaliate," the statement read.
The military claimed that the government troops' presence in the area was requested by tribal leaders and local government officers.
The fallen soldier's identity was withheld.
No civilian casualty was reported, Gamos noted.
Government forces are still pursuing operations, he added.