DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / July 3, 2011) – Communist rebels attacked a group of soldiers in Davao City in the southern Philippines, an army spokesman said Sunday.
Lieutenant Colonel Lyndon Paniza, of the 10th Infantry Division, said New People’s Army rebels opened fire on troops in Marilog district. He said no one was killed or wounded in the Saturday attack that sparked a brief gun battle between the two groups.
He said the rebels attacked an army patrol base at around 7 a.m. in the village of Patag.
“Due to the vigilance and quick reaction of the soldiers, no one from the troops was hurt while bloodstains were found along the criminals’ route of withdrawal indicating that they suffered casualties,” Paniza told the regional newspaper Mindanao Examiner.
Davao is fast becoming a stronghold of communist rebels who have put up bases in the outskirts of the city over the past decade.
The New People’s Army, is the military wing of the underground Communist Party of the Philippines which is fighting for decades for the establishment of a Maoist state in the largely Catholic country. (Mindanao Examiner)