CAGAYAN DE ORO -- A suspected member of the New People's Army (NPA) was killed in an encounter with the military in Barangay Aposkahoy, Claveria in Misamis Oriental on Wednesday.
Members of the 58th Infantry Battalion clashed with about 30 rebels, believed to be members of the Sentro De Gravidad (JAGU) of the NPA's guerrilla front 4B of North Central Mindanao Regional Committee under Marvin Lutawan alias "Budo".
The rebels were allegedly operating in the hinterlands of Claveria, Balingasag and Gingoog City in Misamis Oriental.
The firefight lasted for 30 minutes. The body of a rebel, armed with a high-powered firearm, was left behind.
The members of 58IB launched pursuit operations after the NPA attacked Barangay Alagatan, Gingoog City in July. The said attack left a soldier dead, two civilians wounded, and another abducted.
Three members of the Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit (CAFGU) were also allegedly murdered by the same group of rebels in Barangay Hindangon in Gingoog City on July 19.
Col. Jesse Alvarez, commander of the 403rd Infantry Brigade, thanked the civilians for helping the Army identify the location of the rebels.
"We would like to thank the civilian populace for helping us identify the locations of the withdrawing NPAs. We will continue our pursuit operations until the NPAs can no longer pose a threat to our communities more so that Claveria is known as the food baskets of Northern Mindanao," he said in a statement released Saturday.