3 Scout Rangers wounded in Basilan encounter with suspected MNLF fighters

By Priam F. Nepomucenpo

MANILA, (PNA) — Three Scout Rangers were wounded in an encounter Thursday morning with suspected Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) fighters in Lamitan City, Basilan.

Senior Supt. Mario Dapilloza, Basilan Provincial Police Office director, said the encounter took place around 8:50 a.m. in Barangay Campo Uno, Lamitan City.

He identified the wounded Scout Rangers as Pfcs. Ruel Martinez, Wilvan Caro and Master Sgt. Ernesto Landagura.

All are now undergoing treatment at the Lamitan City Emergency Hospital.

Pursuit operations are still ongoing.

All of the wounded soldiers are members of the 9th Scout Ranger Company who engaged an undetermined numbers of suspected MNLF in the locality.