Philippine troops kill 13 communist rebels
MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine army says it has killed at least 13 communist rebels during two separate clashes in the biggest loss for the guerrillas in a single day this year.
The army says two guerrillas were killed and one was captured in a clash early Saturday between soldiers and about a dozen guerrillas in Zambales province west of Manila. It says at least 11 were killed in a second encounter with 15 guerrillas in Quezon province southeast of the capital.
The military says villagers informed troops of the presence of New People's Army guerrillas near their communities.
More than a dozen rebel firearms were recovered.
Government and rebel negotiators failed last week to agree to resume talks on ending the 42-year-old insurgency.