A young female New People’s Army (NPA) fighter was killed in a 15-minute clash with troops at Barangay Mahawan, Kananga, Leyte at about 3:35 p.m. on Friday.
The Kananga Municipal Police Station identified the fatality as a certain Rochelle Mae Bacalso alias Ruth/Justine, about 21 years old, said to be a newly-recruited member of the NPA.
On September 19, 2020, the 802nd Infantry (Peerless) Brigade of the Philippine Army posted in its Facebook Page photos of a certain Ruth alias Justine, appealing to locate her family so they can rescue her from the NPA that they said deceived her into joining the armed struggle.
“The attending physician declared her dead when brought to the Kananga Municipal Hospital, where the troops rushed her in an attempt to save her life. She sustained gunshot wounds in the body that caused her death,” the military said in a statement.Bacalso was part of an NPA squad that attempted to ambush a team of soldiers patrolling in the area. Captured from the encounter site were one Austrian-made Glock pistol, one bandoleer for M16 magazines, one magazine for M16 rifle with 29 pieces of caliber 5.56 ammunition, one backpack with personal belongings, one cellular phone, four hammocks, four poncho tents, and documents with high intelligence value. SOVEREIGNPH