Army, NPA encounter in Aliwagwag Falls on Earth Day

Apr. 23, 2017
BEAUTY RESTORED Aliwagwag Falls in Cateel, Davao Oriental, slowly regains her beauty and waters after suffering from the impact of Typhoon Pablo a year ago. ( photo by Ace R. Morandante)

The Aliwagwag Falls in Cateel, Davao Oriental ( file photo)

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Government troops and the New People’s Army engaged in an hour-long fight after some 40 communist rebels attacked soldiers in Barangay Aliwagwag in Cateel, Davao Oriental on Sunday, April 23.

Captain Rhyan Batchar 10th Infantry Division in a press release said a soldier was hurt during the attack while two NPA fighters were reportedly dead.

Batchar said the NPAs attacked the troops of the 67th Infantry Battalion who were at the Aliwagwag Falls Eco Park.

“The outnumbered troops fiercely fought the 40 NPA attackers who were in several positions around the patrol base for almost 45 minutes before repositioning to their alternate battle position,” Batchar said.

He said the soldiers were able to seize an M14 rifle after the encounter. Meanwhile, the Army and police had set up checkpoints in the area as pursuit operations against the NPAs are ongoing.

The NPAs has not yet issued a statement on the incident. (

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