NPA’s Bagani commander killed in fierce gunfight in S. Mindanao

Published September 18, 2018, 2:08 PM

by Patrick Garcia


By Mike Crismundo

BUTUAN CITY – An alleged commander of Pulang Bagani Command 3 (PBC 3) of the CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs) was killed in a fierce gun battle Sunday with combat maneuvering troops of the 3rd Infantry Battalion (3rd IB) under 10th Infantry (Agila) Division (10th ID), Capt. Jerry S. Lamosao, Public Affairs Office (PAO) chief of 10th ID said.


In a statement sent to The Manila Bulletin early Monday evening, Lamosao claimed that the PBC commander was killed after 30 minute heavy gunfight.

Based on the initial report from 3rd IB commander Lt. Col. Oca Partuza, Lamosao claimed that the gun battle took place after a concerned villager reported the presence of CNTs who are allegedly conducting extortion and recruitment activity in the vicinity of Baracatan, Toril District, Davao City.

The gunfight started at 10:45 a.m. on Sunday, Lamosao said.

The slain PBC 13 commander, a certain “Ka Ivy” was allegedly a resident in Ilang-Ilang area, San Mariano, Agusan del Sur, he said.

“In this encounter, 3rd IB troops were able to occupy the enemy position,” he said.

During clearing and mapping up operations, operating troops seized in the encounter site one M16 Armalite rifle, one AK47 rifle, four units of detonator switch, five magazines of AK47 rifle, two magazines of M16 Armalite rifle full loaded with live ammunitions, one magazine of M16 also full loaded with live bullets, one stethoscope, one blood pressure monitor, one bandolier, one box of assorted medicines, six bottles of Efficacent oil, one vial of valium, one vial of tramadol, one vial of anespin, two vials of anticholinergic, two wallets, two sedula, assorted IDs, assorted notebooks, subversive documents and Palawan receipt, Lamosao said.

There was no casualty on the government side, he said.

Operating troops of the 3rd IB already coordinated with the local police and brought the dead body of said NPA commander to the funeral home, he added.

“As peace advocates, we are encouraging the NPAs to stop their armed struggle. Also, we are willing to accept their surrender with their firearms laid down. NPAs are given a chance to return to the folds of the law, be with their families, live a normal life and avail of the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Local Integration Program (E-CLIP),” Partuza also said..

Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Noel S. Clement, commanding general of the 10th “Agila” Division lauded the accomplishment of the 3rd IB.

“I commend the troops for their untiring commitment to duty in bringing peace in our area of responsibility and weakening enemy’s will to fight. The CNTs’ leadership is collapsing through the death of alias Ivy. His subordinates no longer care for him upon his death,” Clement said in the same statement also sent to The Manila Bulletin.

“With the people’s support, let us continue to be steadfast in protecting the people and their communities. Likewise, the 10th ID is thankful to the residents of Baracatan for their unwavering support to the soldiers. Through our collaborative efforts, we are certain of a community that is free from CNTs’ influence,” he added.