Brig. Gen. Inocencio Pasaporte, commander of the Army 303rd Infantry Brigade (IBde), identified the arrested NPA amazon as Isabelle Necesario, alias “Maoline,” “Nads,” “Diane,” and “Idel,” deputy secretary of the dismantled Northern Negros Front (NNF).
Pasaporte said that Necesario was tasked to establish contact and support in the area to recover their mass base.
Troops recovered two rifle grenades, two .38 caliber revolvers, seven live ammunition for .38 caliber revolvers, a .45 caliber, five live ammunition for a .45 caliber pistol, personal belongings, and subversive documents with high value.
Nobody was wounded from the government in the firefight which lasted for about 10 minutes.
The armed group that was involved in the encounter with the 79th Infantry Battalion (IB) in Calatrava was believed to be remnants of the dismantled NNF who also clashed with troops in Sitio Tinabyangan, Barangay Minapasuk on June 22.
Police Major Lumyaen Lidawan, Calatrava police chief, said that Necesario is under police custody and will be charged for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition and illegal possession of explosives.
Lt. Col. J-jay Javines, 79th IB commander, in a statement, said the latest encounter proved that the NPA is encompassing recovery efforts in their former influenced barangays to regain support from the communities and establish new recruits.
However, he noted that their existence was really unwanted by the residents since their presence was reported by concerned individuals to the authorities.
Javines lauded the courage of the residents that despite the fear, they were able to do their role as concerned residents.
“We will be responsive to the call of the people for a lasting peace and progress. Thus, we will continue to advance our efforts in making the NPA vanish in northern Negros,” Javines said.
Barangay Marcelo experienced a peaceful environment after the 79th IB clashed with the NPA in Sitio Banwa Minatay on April 17, 2019, in which three communist guerrillas were killed and high-powered firearms and grenades were seized, according to the Army.
Meanwhile, the Army has revealed the names of the four NPA rebels who were killed in a clash with the 94th IB and the police in Sitio Amelis, Barangay Santol, Binalbagan, Negros Occidental Wednesday, July 6.
Pasaporte identified them as Roel Sagon, alias “Berio,” 30, of Barangay Buenavista, Himamaylan City, squad leader of Squad 3, Sentro de Gabridad (SDG), Central Negros (CN) 2; Rowel Udtuhan, alias “Jing-jing” and “Caloy,” 40, of Barangay San Antonio, Himamaylan City, assistant squad leader of Squad 3, SDG, CN2; Alden Rodriguez, alias “Bigboy,” 20, of Barangay Bantolinao, Manjuyod, Negros Oriental, a member of the same group; and Nikka Ledesma, alias “Sarah Jane” and “Chai,” 25, of Cebu City, political guide of the group.
The 3rd Infantry Division (ID) commended the 94th IB and police counterparts for the neutralization of the four rebels.
“I commend our troops and their PNP counterparts for their persistent efforts in defeating the communist terrorists in Negros island, Major Gen. Benedict Arevalo, 3rd ID commander, said in a statement.
Arevalo recognized the cooperation of the 94th IB surrenderers and concerned citizens for giving information to the authorities.