By Francis Wakefield
A member of the Communist New People’s Army Terrorist Group (CNTG) was killed in a clash with Army troops of the Northern Luzon Command (NolCom) in Apayao on Friday.
NoLCom spokesman Lt. Col. Isagani Nato, said the encounter took place at about 11:30 a.m.
He said troops from the “A” Company of the 17th Infantry Battalion (17IB), under the Joint Task Force (JTF) “TALA” of the 5th Infantry Division (5ID), engaged about 20 NPA Terrorists in Sitio Aggingay Bassit, Brgy Malayugan, Flora, Apayao as part of its Focused Military Operations (FMO) in the NPA affected areas.
Troops identified the fatality as Danao Gualo Besuitan who was from Brgy. Bural, Rizal, Cagayan, based on the recovered wallet on his possession.
Nato said the firefight lasted for about f15 minutes after which the other NPA Terrorists scampered towards southwest direction from the encounter site.
The encounter also resulted to the recovery of an M4 Rifle bearing Serial Number (SN) 090629.
“The skirmish transpired as a response to the information provided by the local residents in the said barangay, who have learned of the evils the Communist NPA brought to their communities. Authorities are still conducting pursuit operations against the NPA remnants,” Nato said.