Rebels attack troops delivering PCOS machines

Posted at 05/07/10 2:13 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Two Army soldiers were hurt after suspected New People's Army (NPA) attacked troopers who were delivering Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines to a remote area in Mati town, Davao Oriental on Friday.

Captain Emmanuel Garcia, spokesman of the Philippine Army's 10th Infantry Division, said the soldiers were delivering PCOS machines when they were ambushed by an undetermined number of rebels in Barangay Tagibo before noon.

Garcia said the rebels are members of the NPA's Front Committee 18.

He said the regional Army command has yet to receive reports on the condition of the PCOS machines. He said they still did not know if the voting machines have been delivered to a polling precinct in Mati town.

Garcia said additional troops have been sent to the area to pursue the rebels. – Report from Dexter Ganibe, radio dzMM