A New People's Army (NPA) leader was killed following an encounter with 1st Infantry Division troopers in Sitio Kapehan, Barangay Gala, Tudela town, Misamis Occidental Monday afternoon.
1st Lt. Franco Suelto, acting 1st Infantry Division spokesperson, said that their soldiers were conducting routine security patrol in the area around 3 p.m. when they encountered 20 heavily-armed rebels headed by one Edwin Lapinid alias "
An hour-long firefight broke out and resulted in the death of one NPA leader identified as Henry H. Celajes.
No one was killed nor hurt in the government side.
Aside from this, government forces recovered from the encounter scene a .30 caliber US M-2 carbine, a magazine carbine, five M-16 short magazines and assorted medical equipment and paraphernalia.
Suelto said Celajes was the mastermind in the series of extortions in parts of Misamis Occidental and Zamboanga Del Sur area.
These included the torching of the Ogis chicken plants in Molave and Mahayag, both in Zamboanga Del Sur as well as the burning of four dump trucks of a construction firm in