Alleged NPA leader in Samar killed in skirmish with gov’t troops

Published April 19, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Marie Marticio

TACLOBAN City – An alleged leader of the New People’s Army (NPA) was killed in a three-minute firefight with troops from the 46th Infantry Battalion (46IB), Eighth Infantry Division (8thID) in Barangay Buluan, Calbiga, Samar Saturday, April 18.

The army encountered more or less five fully armed men believed to be remnants of an NPA group operating in the southern part of Samar island, resulting in the death of Noel Galvez, alias Bani, at around 5:15 a.m.

There was no casualty reported on the side of the government, while soldiers were able to seize an M14 rifle loaded with ammunition, and an improvised explosive device (IED) with an estimated weight of seven kilograms.

Army Capt. Reynaldo Aragones Jr., division public affairs officer, said in a statement the gunfight was the result of a report coming from some concerned civilians, informing them of the presence of the NPAs, led by Galvez, who were harassing the community.

The same group of rebels was allegedly responsible for the murder of a former rebel Ildefonso Nablo Jr., alias Marwan last April 9.

Lieutenant Colonel Rhomel Langcauon, Commanding Officer of the 46IB lauded his troops for the successful community security operation.

He also thanked the vigilance of the community for the timely information provided to the security forces.

Colonel Camilo Ligayo, Commander of 801st Infantry Brigade said that the neutralization of Galvez would send a strong and clear message to the rebels that the government was serious in ending the local Communist armed conflict in Eastern Visayas.

“We will pursue these terrorists with the help of the community until they run out of the ground to retreat to,” Ligayo added.