Another alleged NPA rebel killed in ComVal encounter
A REPORTED member of the New People’s Army was killed after an encounter with soldiers in two separate incidents in Compostela Valley at 10 a.m. on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, government troops were able to recover two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) at the encounter sites.
Capt. Rhyan Batchar, spokesperson of 10th Infantry Division, said patrolling soldiers of 67th Infantry Battalion chanced upon around 30 NPAs belonging to Guerilla Front 25 of the Southern Mindanao Regional Committee in Tabon–tabon, Sitio Putingbato, Barangay Ngan at 10 a.m.
A firefight ensued which lasted for about 20 minutes. The rebels reportedly withdrew, leaving behind their unidentified comrade.
Prior to the encounter, troops under the 46th Infantry Battalion were already engaged in a firefight against the NPAs under alias Raden at Sitio Panganason in Barangay Napnapan in Pantukan at 9:55 a.m.
Troops belonging to the 46th and 67th Infantry Battalions are now conducting pursuit operations.
The 10th Infantry Division has already intensified its security operations in Davao Region resulting to a series of armed clashes against the NPAs, particularly in Pantukan where one NPA was killed.
Allegedly, another 14-year-old boy was rescued and an M16 rifle recovered by soldiers on Tuesday.
Maj. Gen Rafael Valencia, commander of 10th ID, lauded the bravery of soldiers and reiterated his appeal to the communist guerillas to surrender.
“Our use of legitimate force against the NPAs shall continue until the NPA abandons violence and pave the way for peace and development in Compostela Valley province,” Valencia said.