BACOLOD CITY – Two suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) were killed in a clash with the troops belonging to the Army’s 11th Infantry Battalion (IB) in Sitio Libjo, Barangay Napacao, Siaton, Negros Oriental on Thursday, December 24.
The Army has yet to provide the names of the fatalities, who were alleged to be remnants of the Southeast Front, Komiteng Rehiyon Negros, Cebu, Bohol, and Siquijor (SEF, KR – NCBS).
The encounter happened past 7 p.m. after the government forces received reports from concerned residents and barangay officials on the alleged presence of NPA insurgents in the area.
Lt. Col. Ramir Redosendo, 11th IB commander, said the operation was brought about by the intensified peace and security operations being undertaken through the Joint Enhanced Military and Police Operation (JEMPO).
Military troops recovered from the casualties a 5.56mm M653 (baby Armalite), and a .45-caliber pistol.
Also recovered from the encounter site were subversive documents, a bandolier with two magazines of M14, a backpack with medical supplies, two other backpacks with personal belongings, and medical paraphernalia.
Redosendo expressed their deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the slain rebels, who, he claimed, were deceived by their leaders.
For his part, Maj. Gen. Eric Vinoya, commander of 3rd Infantry Division, said, the incident was unfortunate but necessary in protecting more people from the terroristic activities of the NPA.