A NEW People’s Army (NPA) rebel was killed in a clash with government troops in the province of Zamboanga del Sur, the military reported on Thursday, May 4.
Lieutenant Colonel Virgilio Hamos, Jr., commander of the Army’s 53rd Infantry Battalion, said the clash ensued around 12:40 p.m., Wednesday, at Sitio Sirawag in the village of Lison Valley, Pagadian City, the capital of Zamboanga del Sur province.
Hamos said the troops from his battalion’s Charlie Company led by First Lieutenant Roderick Alcantara were conducting security patrol when they clashed with the NPA rebels led by a certain Ka Marlon.
Hamos said the clash, which lasted for about 15 minutes, resulted to the death of a follower of Ka Marlon, who belong to the Seksyon Yunit Pangpropaganda-KARA (SYP-KARA) of the NPA’s Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee (WMRPC).
He said Marlon’s group fled to the hinterlands leaving behind the cadaver of their slain comrade.
He said the troops recovered from the slain NPA rebel, who remain unidentified, were fragmentation grenade, NPA flag, two mobile phones, ammunition for 12-guage shotgun, NPA uniform and subversive documents of high-intelligence value.
“The position of the grenade strongly indicates they tried to make the cadaver of their slain comrade as booby trap to inflict injuries to the troops,” he added.
The troops sustained no casualty during the firefight.