CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao, Philippines — Government forces securing road construction projects in a remote village in Sultan Kudarat province have foiled an attempt by communist rebels to burn some heavy equipment, an Army official said.
About 30 New People’s Army (NPA) guerrillas showed up at 2 p.m. Friday at a government road concreting project in Barangay Kinalaan of Kalamansig town and told civilian workers to back off for they would set ablaze the heavy equipment, said Lt. Col. Allen Van Estrera, commander of the 37th Infantry Battalion.
Soldiers who were tasked to secure the project quickly responded and traded shots with the rebels.
The firefight lasted for about 40…
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