CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur – Four NPA rebels were slain and three of their firearms recovered in an encounter with the government forces in Masbate province early afternoon today, a military official said.
LtCol Anthony Purugganan, Commander of the 9th Infantry Battalion, said that a 9-man squad of the 93rd Division Reconnaissance Company led by Private First Class Ramon Magpantay encountered more or less 10 NPA bandits led by Ka Dady of the CPP-NPA-NDF’s Front Committee 83-Central in Sta Maria village, Mobo town at around 1:00pm today.
Purugganan said that four NPA bandits perished in the clash while three firearms were also confiscated along with the combat packs containing personal effects and subversive documents.
Included in the recovered items are a Cal 5.56mm M653 Rifle (Baby Armalite), a Cal .30 M1 Garand and a Shotgun.
The dead rebels were brought to the police station in Mobo town for proper identification. No one among them were identified by villagers who were at the scene after the firefight.
“I believe that one of the slain rebel is a commander. He was the owner of the ‘Baby Armalite’ which was recovered by my soldiers,” said Purugganan.
Purugganan also said that he sent the troops to check the report from a civilian about a group of rebels who were planning to set up improvised bombs in the area.
At least two ambuscades using roadside bombs had been carried out by the NPA bandits in Mobo town this year resulting to minor injuries.
Major General Ruperto Pabustan, Commander of the 9th Infantry Division has directed the 9th Infantry Battalion to intensify its security patrols after the deadly ambush which left 5 people dead on August 28.