A New People’s Army (NPA) rebel was killed in a firefight between government troops and the communist terrorist group (CTG) in Borongan City, Eastern Samar province on Sunday.

In an updated report sent to the media here, the Philippine Army said soldiers were conducting combat operations along with military working dogs when they encountered a group of 15 armed rebels in the upland village of San Andres.

The gunbattle that lasted for 20 minutes resulted in the death of at least one rebel.

Outnumbered, the rebels fled from the clash site, leaving their fallen comrade behind. Soldiers recovered from the slain rebel his M16 rifle, ammunition, bladed weapon, a backpack containing hammock and ponchos.

No one was hurt on the government side, according to the Army.

The clash happened just four days after a soldier and two militiamen were killed while six others from the government side were injured when members of the NPA detonated three anti-personnel mines in Jipapad, Eastern Samar.

The latest attack, according to the military, is a desperate act of the terrorists as the campaign to defeat them has “reached an irreversible stage”.

The Communist Party of the Philippines-NPA is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines. (PNA)