MANILA: A government soldier was killed and three others were wounded in an encounter with the leftist rebel group of New People’s Army (NPA) in the Zamboanga del Sur yesterday, local police said yesterday.
The elements of the Philippine Army’s 55th Infantry Division clashed with some 60 rebels between the vicinity of Tambulig, Zamboanga del Sur Province and Bonifacio in Misamis Occidental Province shortly before noon on Wednesday, said Police Chief Inspector Ariel Huesca, chief of the Public Information Office of Western Mindanao Regional Police Office.
According to Huesca, the firefight lasted for about 30 minutes, resulting in the death of certain Corporal Depositario and wounding of three other soldiers, who were rushed to a nearby hospital. The police officer did not mention whether the rebel group suffered any casualties in the fighting.
The authorities have been pursuing the suspects, he added.
Plea to lift ban on health law
MANILA: Senator Pia Cayetano asked the Supreme Court (SC) to allow implementation of the controversial Reproductive Health law.
In a petition for intervention, Cayetano asked the court to lift the status quo ante order it issued in February that indefinitely suspended implementation.
Cayetano, who sponsored the measure in the Senate, also asked the SC to dismiss the 10 consolidated petitions questioning the constitutionality of the law.
Through her counsel, law professor Harry Roque Jr, the senator said the law does not violate the constitutional freedom of choice and right to privacy.
She said under the law, adults are free to reject information relating to reproductive health provided by the government.
She said religious schools would not be compelled to accept what state schools would teach their students.