Three suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) were killed in an encounter in Mandaon, Masbate on Monday. 

Southern Luzon Command (Solcom) spokesman Colonel Dennis Cana said the 2nd Infantry Battalion and the 1st Masbate Police Mobile Force Company were implementing law enforcement support operations in Barangay Alas when the unexpected encounter against the rebels happened. 

Cana also added that the gun battle lasted for about 15 minutes.

No casualties from the government troops were reported.

After the encounter, the military was able to retrieve two shotguns, a Carbine rifle, one M1 Garand rifle, an anti-personnel mine, and some subversive documents in the area left by the rebel group. RJ Espartinez