A finance officer of the New People’s Army (NPA) died on Friday when he resisted arrest and engaged lawmen in firefight Barangay Moriones, San Jose in Tarlac.
Alias Bo/Bert/Roman worked for the Komiteng Larangang Gerilya that operates in the provinces of Tarlac and Zambales. He faced multiple criminal charges.
Recovered from the encounter were one M16 rifle with magazines, one bandoleer, one pistol, and one backpack containing personal belongings.
Seventh 7th Infantry Division Commander Major General Alfredo Rosario Jr. said the intensified joint operations of the army and police against the NPA is pursuant to the mandate given by President Rodrigo Duterte to end the five decade-long communist armed conflict in the countryside.
“Expect more arrest of high ranking NPA members in the next few days. So, for the remaining members of the NPA bandits, we are calling you to lay down your arms and surrender to the government,” he said.
“It is time you realize that you are being manipulated and deceived for a lost cause and were just used for the Communist Party of the Philippines’ interest,” Rosario added. SOVEREIGNPH