From the Mindanao Times (Feb 13): NPA commander, amazon killed in Agusan Sur clash
AN ALLEGED top leader of the New People’s Army (NPA) and a female member was killed in an encounter with the soldiers of 26th Infantry Battalion in Sitio Vergara, Barangay Sta. Emilia, Veruela, Agusan del Sur around 4 p.m. this Saturday.
Capt. Renato V. Oller Jr., the civil-military operations (CMO) officer of the 26th IB, said the troops acted on a tip that the NPA rebels were spotted in a forested area of Barangay La Fortuna starting on Feb. 6. A firefight occurred on the early morning of Feb. 6 when they were ambushed by the rebels.
Four rebels were reportedly wounded in the initial clash. More soldiers were deployed to the area as reinforcement.
On Feb. 9, soldiers encountered the rebels anew, which resulted in a 30-minute firefight. The troops chased the escaping NPAs, which resulted to another clash.
At around 4 p.m. on February 10, another encounter took place in Sitio Vergara, Barangay Sta Emilia, which lasted for about 25 minutes and killed Levi Amando Bangonan alias King, commanding officer of the SYP Platoon of Guerilla Front 3 of SMRC.
Another unidentified amazon was found in the area. Soldiers also recovered eight backpacks, two improvised explosive devices, and subversive documents.
Col. Andres Centino, commander of the 401st Infantry Brigade, said they will continue to pursue the escaping rebels.
“We have laid the better option for them. Their demise is of their own volition,” Centino added. “The people are fed up with all the lies and deceit. These NPA terrorists have no place in a peaceful community.”