CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur – One (1) NPA rebel was killed during an encounter with government troops in Bgy Balanac, Ligao City, Albay Province at around 12:50pm yesterday, March 1.
In a report submitted by Lieutenant Colonel John Oberio, CO of 2nd Infantry Battalion, a 15-man section of soldiers led by 1st Lieutenant Jonnel Tancio went to the said village after receiving text messages from a resident about the presence of more or less 12 communist terrorists (CTs) who were extorting money from local residents.
After conferring with the residents, the soldiers were able to quickly track down the rebels walking along a trail. The troops opened fire eventually triggering a 10minute firefight. Surprised and confused, the rebels scampered to various directions leaving behind their dead comrade and a M14 Rifle.
Communist rebels had committed several atrocities in the first two months of this year. In January, a soldier was killed in an ambush in nearby Camalig town and in February, a militiaman was murdered by suspected NPA rebels in Ligao City.
On the other hand, Army troopers recently discovered the brazen extortion demands by the rebels to political candidates through selling of permit to campaign/permit to win (PTC/PTW) cards by the CPP-NPA-NDF in Catanduanes following an encounter with the troops of the 83rd Infantry Battalion. This CPP-NPA modus operandi of extortion was thrusted into national limelight and no less than Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Lilia De Lima slammed the "Permit to Campaign Scheme" of the communist terrorists and declared it as a clear form of extortion.