2 NPA commanders slain in Zamboanga Sibugay clash

TWO commanders of the New People’s Army (NPA) rebels were killed, while two civilian volunteers were wounded, in a clash in the province of Zamboanga Sibugay, a top military official said on Sunday.

Brigadier General Rolando Joselito Bautista, commander of the Army’s First Infantry Division, said the clash occurred on Saturday at Sitio Malagak in the village of Guinoman, Diplahan, Zamboanga Sibugay.

Bautista said the slain NPA leaders were initially identified as Ka Henry and Ka Tibo, both of the Section Committee (Secom) Feliciano Bravo of the NPA Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee (WMRPC).

Bautista said the remains of the two slain NPA commanders were taken to the village hall of Guinoman for proper identification.

He did not release the identities of the two wounded civilian volunteers except to say they are "operating with the soldiers."

He said the troops from the Army’s 44th Infantry Battalion were conducting focused military operations when they clashed with a group of 30 NPA rebels at Sitio Malagak in the village of Guinoman, Diplahan, Zamboanga Sibugay.

He said the NPA rebels scampered to different directions and abandoned the remains of the two slain commander.

Recovered from them were an M-16 Armalite rifle and an AK-47 assault rifle.

“This is a positive result of the military’s continued engagements with the local populace and LGUs. The shared commitment of attaining peace with local authorities resulted to strong cooperation of the communities to report the presence of NPA members at Sitio Malagak,” Bautista said.

Bautista said that the NPA’s Secom Feliciano Bravo were involved in numerous atrocities committed particularly arson, extortion, killings and abductions.

He said there will be no let up of operations against the NPA rebels to ensure the protection of the people and the communities.

Government troops have recovered an M-16 Armalite rifle and four improvised bombs following a 20-minute clash with NPA rebels in Sultan Kudarat province.

Captain Jo-ann Petinglay, Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) information officer, said the clash occurred shortly after 9 a.m., Saturday, at Sitio Lomoton in the village of Hinalaan, Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat.

Petinglay said the troops from the Marine Battalion Landing Team-2 were checking the reported presence of armed men when they clashed with the NPA rebels.

She said the NPA rebels fled to different directions. (SunStar Philippines)
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