Amid nationwide calls for stricter gun controls, Filipino police killed 13 reported criminal gang members in a violent shootout -a third such incident in recent weeks.
Last week, a former village official killed seven people and injured a dozen others in a shooting rampage and later killed himself.
On New Year's Eve, two children aged seven and four died when people mistakenly fired stray bullets during celebratory gunfire.
The clash between the police and attackers in Sunday's incidence began after gunmen in two vehicles attempted to smash a police checkpoint near Atimonan town, seriously injuring a senior officer.
Later, the police gained victory over the gunmen and seized 10 firearms, including an M16 assault rifle, from them.
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