FOUR members of the New People’s Army (NPA) were killed while two others surrendered following a series of encounters with government security forces on Saturday in Negros Oriental.
Maj. Ray Tiongson, spokesman of the 3rd Infantry Division (3ID), on Sunday said government troops from 79th Infantry Battalion (79IB) were conducting security patrol at Sitio Pitawa, Barangay Sto. Nino in Tanjay City when they were fired upon by more or less 30 rebels.
Tiongson said the soldiers fire back, prompting the rebels to flee after the 35-minute firefight.
He added that while the soldiers were in pursuit of the fleeing rebels, the two forces crossed paths again and engaged in another 20-minute battle.
The series of encounters resulted to the kiling of four rebels. Two of them were identified by their former comrades as Diosdadio “Aming” Dacal-dacal alias Marco, squad leader of Sentro de Grabidad Platooon, Southeast Front, KR-Negros and Felix Yanoc.
The identities of the other two dead rebels are still being determined as of this report.
Tiongson said the identities of the two militia members who gave up after the encounters were also withheld their safety and security.
Recovered from the NPA were one M16 rifle, a Kenwood handheld radio, a bandoleer, subversive documents of high intelligence value, food stuffs and personal belongings.
One of the government troops, Corporal Melbert Dapilaga of 79IB, sustained a minor injury on his left shoulder from grenade shrapnel during the encounter and is now in stable condition.
The troops while pursuing the lawless elements saw some NPA members were wounded while on the run and believed that several others were also wounded due to bloodstains in the NPA’s route of withdrawal.
Tiongson said that more rebels were believed wounded as shown by bloodstains on their withdrawal route.
Lt. Col. Harold Anthony Pascua, commander 79IB, said he has alerted their medical team anytime the wounded rebels would seek for medical assistance.