Ten government soldiers were killed in an ambush by suspected leftist rebels in the central Philippine province of Samar Tuesday afternoon, the central command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines said Wednesday.
Aside from the 10 killed, another two soldiers were wounded in the ambush, said Lt.
Ralph Villanueva, adding that the soldiers were "going back to defensive mode" when the suspected New People's Army (NPA) rebels "took advantage".
The incident will not affect the Dec.
16 to Jan.
3 Christmas ceasefire, which is a "national policy", said Villanueva.