CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur (DWDD) – A member of the terror group New People’s Army (NPA) was neutralized by government troops in an encounter in Barangay Salvacion, Magallanes, Sorsogon on December 12.
According to reports, troops from the 31st Infantry Battalion were conducting security operations in the area when they chanced upon 30 members of the terror group under a certain Edwin Dematera alias Dupax of the Kilusang Sangay sa Platoon 1 (KSPN1), Kilusang Probinsiya 3 (KP3) of the Bicol Regional Party Committee (BRPC).
A 15 firefight ensued before the terrorist scampered towards different directions leaving the remains of an unknown comrade. Soldiers recovered two (2) M16 rifle, one M203 Grenade Launcher, and an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). Pursuit operations are ongoing against the fleeing NPAs.
Meanwhile, in a separate incident, another group of soldiers also belonging to the 31st IB intercepted two (2) NPA members onboard an L300 van at Barangay Calomagon, Bayan in Bulan town.
The troops were conducting monitoring operations when they spotted a vehicle with no license plate. A firefight ensued after which the rebels immediately escaped.
The soldiers thanked the community for their continued assistance and information in dealing with the NPA menace.
According to Brig. Gen. Isleta, Acting Commander, 9th Infantry Division, they encourage the remaining members of the terror group to abandon their cause and return a quiet life with their love ones.
The 9ID also vowed to continue with their intensified operations against eh NPA to maintain the peace and development in the region of Bicol.
The government has livelihood and financial assiatance waiting for surrenderees under the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP). AES/MCAG