The 9th Infantry Division of the Philippine military had an armed encounter with about 30 members of the New People’s Army in Brgy. Banate, Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte on July 5.
Based on the report of the 9th Infantry Division, three NPA members were killed during the confrontation that started about 6:30AM, while the remaining rebels escaped to secluded areas in Jose Panganiban.
An AK-47 assault rifle, a M-16 rifle, and a M-14 rifle were recovered from the rebels during the encounter.
According to Col. Ferozaldo Paul Regencia, spokesperson of the 9th Infantry Division, the Joint Task Force Bicolandia of their unit conducted combat operations in the area following complaints from residents regarding the NPA rebels.