By Raydes B. Barcia

Legazpi City—The government forces scored anew against the New People’s Army after three suspected members of the communist guerillas were killed in an encounter in a remote village of Sorsogon on Wednesday.

Killed were Rene Ezperanzate Espano alias Anjo, of Larangan 1, Komiteng Pamprobinsya 3 (KP3), team leader of the Rebolusyonaryong Buwis sa Kaaway na Uri (RBKU), Jaime Fortadez alias Moy, Vice commanding officer (VCO), L1, KP3 and a certain Tony alias Amon.

While two others were arrested by the government, troops identified as Janine Chavez and Leopoldo Laririt alias Ani. 

Maria Luisa “Malu” Calubaquid said that the encounter took place at around 6:25 AM in Sitio Pinaglabanan, Barangay Gatbo, Sorsogon City.

The encounter also resulted to the recovery of two 5.56 Baby Armalite rifles, one Cal.9 mm Beretta pistol, nine long and one short fully loaded magazines for 5.56 mm M16 rifles, two fully loaded magazines for 9mm pistol Beretta, several bandoliers, personal belongings, medicines, radio and voluminous subversive documents.

Calubaquid said that several complaints from the community against the New People’s Army were reported following massive extortion activities operating in the hinterlands of the municipalities of Prieto Diaz and Bacon District, Sorsogon City.

Due to this, the government forces conducted a thorough investigation and so as it intensified its intelligence that paved away for combat operations resulted in the death of three communist insurgents and arrest of two other comrades.

“The successful operation was conducted by the combined personnel of PIU, Sorsogon PPO, PTO DIAZ MPS, 1st PMFC, and Sorsogon CPS supported by 31IB, 903rd Brigade and 96 MICO under over-all supervision of Police Col. Arturo P. Brual Jr., provincial director of Sorsogon,” Calubaquid said.

She said that the successful combat operation by the government troops was lauded by the barangay officials and the community of said municipality who are complaining of the rebels’ extortion activities.

“They were so grateful for the immediate actions launched by the government forces that will make their community peaceful and free from any illegal activities,” Calubaquid said. (Raydes B. Barcia)

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