A SUSPECTED Special Partisan Unit (Sparu) member of the New People’s Army (NPA) was killed in an encounter with members of Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (Cafgu) in Barangay Camalandaan, Cauayan, Negros Occidental, on Sunday.
Police identified the fatality as George Ylanan, 20, a drug surrenderer.
Cafgu member Wilson Geresola, 30, and Staff Sergeant Jose Jessie Parreño, commander of Narra Detachment in the said village, were on their way to their camp from a barangay hall around 5 p.m. when an unidentified man who was wearing a green t-shirt with an “Army” print fired at Geresola.
The suspect, Ylanan, fired at them but missed.
Police Officer 1 Cyrus Maquiling, assistant investigator of Cauayan Municipal Police Station, said Parreño immediately subdued the gunman.
They both grappled with the gun but the assailant was able to escape and they were able to get the assailant’s .45 caliber pistol.
Maquiling said Geresola was the target of the unidentified assailant because of his connection with the government forces. However, they still have yet to identify the assailant.
The following day, they received information from a concerned citizen that the assailant was seen in a nipa hut beside the house of a certain Jeryn Palermo, 20, at Sitio Dungga, in the same village.
Upon reaching the area, the assailant escaped while Palermo surrendered to the authorities.
This prompted the Cafgu members to retaliate that resulted in Ylanan’s death.
Reinforcement from the 15th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army arrived for the clearing operation.
Authorities recovered from Ylanan’s possession a homemade pistol with dud shotgun ammunition, and confiscated from his bag were shotgun ammunition, a .38 caliber revolver, two magazines of .45 caliber pistol, cellular phone, several Identification cards, a policeman’s blue athletic uniform, two digital camouflage t-shirts of the Philippine Army, and assorted shorts.
Maquiling said Palermo was brought to the police station for questioning. The investigation is ongoing. (GYM)