Two New People’s Army (NPA) extortionist was killed in an encounter with government troops in Albay early morning today, a military official said.
Lt Col Audrey Pasia, Commanding Officer of the 2nd Infantry Battalion, said that two communist bandit members died in a clash with his troops at about 5 a.m., Friday.
Pasia said that he sent a nine-man squad of his unit led by 1Lt Rolito Basibas after receiving a tip-off from a concerned resident about the presence of communist rebels who demanded money from them in Maog-og Village, Jovellar town.
“The rebels fired the first shots when they were approaching the 10-man bandit group led by Armando Arellano (aka Rudy) of Kilusang Larangang Gerilya 77, triggering a five-minute fire fight. The bandit group fled with their casualties leaving behind two dead comrades with one M16 rifle, one M653 Rifle (Baby Armalite) and M203 grenade launcher,” said Pasia.
My troops did not incur any casualties and they are still conducting pursuit operations to hunt down the remnants of the bandit groups,” Pasia added.
Maj. Gen Jose Gaverza Jr., 9th Infantry Division Commander, directed Lt Col Pasia to try to locate and coordinate with the relatives of the slain bandits as well as with the police authorities to give the unidentified fallen rebels a decent burial.