MANILA, Philippines - Four members of the New People’s Army (NPA) were killed in separate encounters with government troops in the provinces of Quezon and Sorsogon over the weekend, the Philippine Army said in separate reports.
Two alleged rebels were killed in an encounter between 7 suspected armed NPA members and troops of the Army’s 76th Infantry Battalion (IB) with elements of the Quezon Police Provincial Mobile Group.
Lt. Frank Sayson, Army’s 2nd Infantry Division public affairs office chief, said that the firefight occurred at Sitio Polo in Barangay Olongtao Ibaba in Macalelon town in Quezon 10:35 a.m. Saturday.
The suspected rebels killed in the firefight were identified as Ian Maderazo, allegedly also known as Ka Danoy, 26 and reportedly a graduate of University of the Philippines in Los Baños. The other fatality was identified as a certain Marlon Peñahermoso.
The firefight reportedly lasted for 7 minutes and nobody was reported hurt on the side of the government troops.
Sayson said that Ka Danoy had been a “White Area” operator or a recruiter of student-activists in UP Los Baños. He is reportedly also the secretary of NPA Damlay, reportedly a local NPA unit in Quezon.
Three M-16 rifles and subversive documents were reportedly recovered in the encounter site.
Lt. Col. Cornelio Valencia, 76th IB commander, said that the encounter was a result of information from residents that are fed up of extortion activities. The group was reportedly extorting in connection with the May elections before the encounter.
Meanwhile the Philippine Army said that 2 communist rebels were also killed in a gunfight between NPA rebels and another Army unit in Sorsogon.
An Army statement said that elements of the 49th Infantry Battalion (49IB) were conducting security operations in Barangay Ginanangra in Magallanes town in Sorsogon when they encountered an estimated 30 armed NPA rebels who immediately engaged them in a firefight.
After 30 minutes of the firefight, the NPA rebels reportedly withdrew and left the bodies of 2 dead comrades. The statement said government troops recovered 5 M16 rifles, a carbine rifle as well as subversive documents from the encounter site
Maj. Harold Cabunoc, Army’s 9th Infantry Division public affairs office chief, in an update report said that also recovered were 1 Ultimax 5.56 light machine gun and 5 improvised landmines.
No government fatality was reported from the 14-man Army team led by a 2Lt. Madrid. 2 soldiers were however reported wounded in the Sorsogon firefight.
Cabunoc said the NPA rebels were reported by local residents as extorting money from local politicians. With a report from Sarita Kare, ABS-CBN Southern Tagalog