A Lieutenant and a soldier died during the fiercefirefight while another expired while being evacuated. Military choppers weresent to evacuate the wounded soldiers who are now recuperating in a hospital inthis capital city. Their names were still withheld as of this writing. Colonel Inocencio Pasaporte, Philippine Army’s 303rd Infantry Brigadecommander, said troops of the 94th Infantry Battalion were closing in on theNPA terrorists, following reports of extortion activities in the said village,when an improvised explosive device detonated, inflicting immediate casualtiesamong the soldiers, followed by a firefight. “We express our deepest sympathy to the families ofour hero-soldiers who died fighting for the peace in Negros Island,” saidPasaporte. BACOLOD City – Three soldiers were killed and fourothers were wounded in an encounter with suspected News People’s Army (NPA)rebels yesterday morning in Barangay Carabalan, Himamaylan City, NegrosOccidental. He added that the Army will heighten its operationsto capture the NPA terrorists and stop them from sowing fear in thecommunities./PN “The soldiers are still pursuing the NPAs who wereseen dragging their dead and wounded comrades,” said Pasaporte, adding thetroops were deployed in the area to conductsecurity patrol during the distribution of the government’s social ameliorationprogram.