A ranking New People’s Army (NPA) rebel leader in Sorsogon with a P2.5-million bounty on his head was killed by government troops on Wednesday in a remote village in Sorsogon, the military reported over the weekend.
Reports to Camp Aguinaldo identified the slain NPA leader as Recto Golimlim alias Cenon/ Pingko/Remus.
Golimlim was killed during in an encounter between government troops and a group of NPA rebels at about 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday in Magallanes, Sorsogon.
The slain rebel leader is believed to be the head of the NPA explosive department and was a member of the executive committee and was second in command of the Bicol Regional Party Committee, the reports said.
They added that Golimlim’s body was recovered by troops of the Scout Ranger Group of 31st Infantry Battalion and 9th K9 Battalion headed by Sgt. Crisanto Bernal and Sgt. Manuel Abellano respectively.
The body was recovered while troops conducted pursuit operations in the same afternoon in Brgy Lapinig, Magallanes, Sorsogon.
The pursuit operation was a follow up operation of the encounter between the Army troops and five rebels early that day in the same village, the reports said.
Golimlim was believed to have been killed during the firefight that lasted for about 10 minutes.
His body was taken by his comrades when they withdrew from the encounter site and was left for proper disposition by their active supporters in the said village.
Aspin, a local tracking dog, followed the traces of bloodstains and led the troops along the rebels route of withdrawal to the place where the body of the slain NPA leader was kept.
Golimlim’s identity was later confirmed by his close associates.
Brig. Gen. Joselito Kakilala, commander of the 903rd Infantry Brigade, said that the neutralization of Golimlim was a big blow to the overall tactical capacity of the rebel organization in the Bicol region.
Kakilala said government troops suffered no casualties during the encounter, adding that informants will receive a P2.5-million reward.