The troops recovered during theirclearing operation were two .45-caliber pistols, a .38-caliber pistol, fourmagazines loaded with live ammunition, improvised shotguns, and severalsubversive documents. While the troops were approaching thearea, about 10 armed men reportedly fired at them, forcing them to retaliate.The firefight lasted for about 12 minutes, leaving two casualties. BACOLOD City – Two suspected membersof the New People’s Army (NPA) were killed in an encounter with military troopsat Sitio Agpapatao, Barangay Binobohan, Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental. “Through the ‘whole-of nationapproach,’ I am encouraging the people of Guihulngan City as well as the wholeof Negros that it is now time we work together against the NPA,” he added./PN The slain rebels were identified asEdgar Bonifacio and Randy Canumay, both residents of the said village. Theywere alleged members of the NPA’s Special Partisan Unit (Sparu) tagged in thekilling of civilians in the cities of Guihulngan and Canlaon. Following the incident, Dacoscos againurged NPA rebels to surrender as they will not stop hunt them. Philippine Army’s 62nd InfantryBattalion commander, Lieutenant Colonel Egberto Dacoscos, said their unit –along with the 94th Infantry Battalion Alpha Company – were sent Friday to thearea after residents complained of harassment and extortion from the rebels. Dacoscos said the two casualties werepart of the group that continuously threatens the people who do not cooperatewith them. Additional troops were dispatched in the area to conduct pursuitoperations against communist insurgents.
RelatedPostsNo Content Available Super Eagles’ stand-in captain William Troost-Ekong says while they respect five times world champions Brazil, they however have no fear as both teams step out in a friendly in Singapore.Troos-Ekong made the remarks on Saturday at a pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday’s clash with Brazil at the Singapore National Stadium in Kallang.He said his team was inspired by the 1-1 draw fellow West African neighbours Senegal played with the South Americans.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Brazil were held to a 1-1 draw by Senegal on Thursday in Singapore.Troos-Ekong said: “Brazil are a top team, probably the best team in the world, but Senegal gave them a good fight on Thursday.“We can pick some inspiration from that performance when we play the Brazilians on Sunday.“It will be tough because they will want to win at least one game against an African team on this tour, but we will also want to take something off them.”Sunday’s encounter starts at 8pm Singapore time (1pm Nigeria time).Tags: Singapore National Stadium
(ESPNCricinfo) – Jofra Archer, whose unauthorised visit to his home in Brighton caused him to miss the second Test, has returned to light training during his period of self-isolation, after the West Indies camp approved a request from the ECB for him to leave his room for exercise during the match.Archer was fined around £15,000 and given a written warning after making an unauthorised trip to his home in Brighton between the games at the Ageas Bowl and Emirates Old Trafford. He was also required to serve a five-day isolation period during which he will have two tests for Covid-19. Subject to those test results, he is expected to re-join the full squad on Tuesday.At just after 7:00am on Sunday, well before any other player started to prepare for the day’s play, Archer was permitted to go for a run on the Old Trafford outfield. He wore gloves and a mask with ECB medical staff watching on from a safe distance.Later on Sunday, he returned to the nets in similarly strict conditions. Adopting the same protocols used when England’s bowlers first returned to training, Archer used a box of six balls allocated for only his use and was required to retrieve them after each over. Again, his session was overseen by backroom staff at a safe distance.Earlier on the fourth day, the ICC’s new protocols governing the use of saliva on a cricket ball had to be put into practice, after an inadvertent transgression from Dom Sibley shortly before the lunch interval.With Dom Bess at the top of his mark, preparing to bowl the penultimate over of the session, the on-field umpires, Michael Gough and Richard Illingworth came together to examine the ball after Sibley himself had admitted to the accidental use of saliva to polish the ball.Umpire Gough took out a disinfectant wipe from his pocket, and rubbed down the shiny side of the ball prior to handing it back to Bess, who had claimed the only wicket to fall in the morning session as West Indies went to lunch on 118 for 2, trailling England by 351 runs.According to the ICC’s revised playing conditions for this series, which is being played in a biosecure environment due to the Covid-19 pandemic, only sweat may be used to shine the ball. Saliva is considered a potential carrier of the virus, and so all players have been obliged to retrain their ingrained instincts, honed over many years of fielding.In acknowledgement of the unusual circumstances, the umpires have been encouraged to show initial leniency should they notice a team applying saliva on the ball, after which they will issue two official warnings before docking the offending team five runs.