Communist rebel killed in Surigao clash

A MEMBER of the New People’s Army (NPA) was killed after they clashed against elements of the 36 Infantry Battalion (36IB) headquarters in Barangay Dayo-an, Tago, Surigao del Sur, early Thursday morning.

Lieutenant Colonel Eugenio Julio C. Osias IV, spokesperson of the 4th Infantry Division, in a statement said the 36IB soldiers were conducting a security patrol in the vicinity of their camp when they chance upon the NPA rebels. A 20-minute gunfight ensued.

Around 30 NPA rebels were about to enter a DOLE plantation in the area to cut planted bananas to sabotage the economic activity of the company, Osias said.

The troops recovered an AK-47 automatic rifle with ammunitions beside the body of the NPA rebel. The firearm was immediately turned over to the Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO), which arrived at the site to collect and process the evidence from the encounter.

Osias said the whole division extends its sincere condolence to the family of the dead NPA rebel.

“Another life was put to waste, which was unnecessary -- if only the rebels willed to end this conflict peacefully and to negotiate with the government,” Osias said.

“The 4ID assures the people that they can continue to live in peace because we are always ready to protect everybody from any group that intends to conduct atrocities and terrorism,” he said.

He added that the cooperation of the people fueled the military to be determined in making the areas peaceful.



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