A high-ranking New People’s Army (NPA) rebel was killed in a 30-minute firefight in San Isidro town Northern Samar on Monday morning.
The troops of the 43rd Infantry Battalion (43rd IB) clashed with around 60 NPA rebels with the aid of new military technology that pinpointed the location of the enemy in the vicinity of Barangay Happy Valley, San Isidro.
The clash resulted to the death of an alias “Apple,” Secretary of Front Committee 2, Sub-Regional Committee (SRC) Emporium, Eastern Visayas Regional Party Committee (EVRPC), whose body was left behind by his retreating comrades. No casualty was reported on the government side.
“Meanwhile, the government troops successfully overran the NPA’s lair that can accommodate more or less 60 rebels consisting of 30 bunkers, two sentinel posts, three comfort rooms, one kitchen and one mess hall and several firearms. The troops also recovered one cellular phone, two bottles of dextrose and subversive documents of high intelligence value,” the 43rd IB said in a statement.
According to the commanding officer of the 43rd IB, Lieutenant Colonel Raymundo C. Picut Jr., the timely and accurate information given by the residents helped in the neutralization of the armed group responsible for the recent atrocities in Northern Samar. SOVEREIGNPH