11 NPA rebels slain in Quezon encounter

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SAN Narciso, Quezon — The New People’s Army (NPA) in Quezon suffered another major setback with the death of one of its field commanders and 10 members in a gunbattle with Army soldiers in Sitio Makuyokuyo, Bgy. Whiteclift, here yesterday morning.

Col. Año, commander of the Army’s 201st Infantry Brigade, said among those killed is Armando Albarilio, alias Ka Jun, the highest rebel leader in the Bondoc Peninsula (3rd District of Quezon) and the secretary of SPN Berto, under the defunct Komprob-Quezon.

He said the other slain rebels belonging to the combined forces of SPN Berto and SPN Edel have yet to be identified.

In his report to Southern Luzon Command chief Lt. Gen. Roland Detabali, Año said no one among the troops was killed but one Pfc. Badulid was wounded in the arm during the firefight which lasted for half an hour.

Prior to the encounter, intelligence operatives reportedly gathered information that a band of heavily armed rebels will stage an ambuscade in the said village whose targets are Army troops and police personnel — who will be participating in the tree-planting activity of the provincial government in the entire province.

“The rebels knew that some of our troops along with policemen will pass through that village on their way to San Andres, Quezon, this afternoon to participate in the mangrove planting of Gov. Suarez. So the plan is to wipe them out just like what they used to do. But this time, naunahan natin sila. It was the rebels who were caught by surprise,” said Año in a phone interview.

He said the troops belonged to 74th Infantry Battalion under Lt. Col Dennis Perez and was led by Cpl. Balasta encountered the rebels at around 11 a.m.

During the exchange of fire, Año said the nine of the rebels died on the spot while the two others died while being rushed to hospital.

“Our troops tried to save the lives of the two wounded rebels but they did not make it because of the very far distance of the village in the town proper,” Año lamented.

He said during the clearing operations, the troops recovered five M-16 Armalite rifles, a shotgun, an M-203 and an M79 and assorted ammunition.

He said in the 2nd quarter of the current year alone, 27 high-ranking rebels were neutralized by the military.

“Sa area ng Bondoc Peninsula ay ilang piraso na lang sila (rebels), hopefully, bago matapos ang 2012 ay wala na,” added Año.    Gemi Formaran


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