TWO New People’s Army rebels were killed while 13 others surrendered in Negros Oriental and South Cotabato last Monday when the NPA marked its 52nd foundation anniversary.
The two rebels were killed in a firefight with members of the PNP Special Action Force’s Commando Class Course Class 105-2019 who were on a test mission in Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental.
Citing information from the field, PNP chief Gen. Debold Sinas said the policemen were conducting combat operations when they clashed with the rebels in the boundaries of Barangays Nagbinlod, Alangilan and Nagbalaye.
“The gun battle resulted to the death of two NPA terrorists while no casualties were reported on the government side,” Sinas said.
Policemen recovered at the encounter site an M16 rifle, a cal. 22 revolver, assorted magazines and ammunition, a magazine pouch, six cellphones, one of them wired and believed to be used as a triggering device, 17 Sim cards, a hand-held radio, eight pairs of boots, and NPA documents.
“The Philippine National Police is determined to end the communist insurgency, including all fronts of the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing, the New People’s Army,” Sinas said.
In South Cotabato, 13 NPA members surrendered to the 1st and 2nd South Cotabato Provincial Mobile Force Company during the conduct of an internal security operation and outreach program in Tampakan and Banga towns and Koronadal City.
One of the rebels, identified as Jeff, approached the cops and expressed the group’s desire to surrender. The 13 are from the NPA’s guerrilla Fronts 72 and 73 operating in the province.
Jeff is a team leader of the guerrilla front. The 12 others were identified through their aliases as Gani/Noel, Kathy, Waway, Buldog, Romano, Warren, Alex, Marjun, Fanok, Atam, Wawa and Tatay Ben.
The 13 turned in three rifles, a sub-machinegun, a command detonated explosive, bomb components, three magazines, 30 rounds of ammunition, and CPP-NPA flags.
They will be enrolled with the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program that will re-integrate them to mainstream society.