3 NPA rebels killed in Sorgoson clash

Published August 18, 2022, 10:58 AM

by Philippine News Agency

LEGAZPI CITY (PNA) – Three New People’s Army (NPA) rebels were killed while two others were arrested in a 20-minute firefight in Sitio Pinaglabanan, Barangay Gatbo, Sorsogon City Wednesday, August 17.

SCENE-of-the-Crime Operatives process the encounter site in Sorsogon City. (FB)

The anti-insurgency operation was conducted by the Sorsogon Police Provincial Office (SPPO) in coordination with the Philippine Army and the Sorsogon 1st Provincial Mobile Force Company, Provincial Intelligence Unit-Sorsogon Provincial Police, Prieto Diaz municipal police, Sorsogon City police, the Military Intelligence Company of the Philippine Army, 31st Infantry Battalion, and 903rd Brigade.

Police Major Malu Calubaquib, Police Regional Office-Bicol (PRO-5) spokesperson, said in a statement the gunbattle erupted when government forces encountered an undetermined number of rebels in the area while conducting intelligence-driven operations.

“The firefight led to the death of three NPA members identified as Rene Ezperanzate Espano, alias ‘Anjo,’ Larangan 1 (L1), Komiteng Pamprobinsya 3 (KP3), team leader of Rebolusyonaryong Buwis sa Kaaway na Uri (RBKU); Jaime Fortadez, alias ‘Moy,’ vice commanding officer (VCO), L1, KP3, and Tony, alias ‘Amon.’ The two who were captured by the operatives were known as Janine Chavez and Leopoldo Laririt, alias ‘Ani,’” Calubquib said.

Recovered from the encounter site were two 5.56 baby Armalite rifles, ammunition, personal belongings, medicines, radio, and voluminous subversive documents.

The SPPO said in a report that the operation was conducted in response to the complaints of residents regarding the extortion activities of a communist terrorist group in the hinterlands of Prieto Diaz and Bacon district in Sorsogon City.

Police Brig. Gen. Rudolph Dimas, PRO-5 director, said the accomplishment is consistent with the peace and security framework of the new leadership of the Philippine National Police, particularly under the concept of “Kapayapaan at Kaayusan.”