By Francis Wakefield
Four New People’s Army (NPA) rebels, including a ranking commander, were killed in an encounter with government troops in Casiguran, Sorsogon on Friday.
Police Supt. Nonito Furio Marquez, chief of the Sorsogon Provincial Police Office (SPPO) Police Community Relation-Public Information Office, identified the killed NPA commander as Andres Hubilla alias Magno, the secretary of the Kilusang Pampropaganda 3 Provincial Regional Bicol Committee.
The three other NPA fighters killed remains unidentified as of press time.
Marquez said that the encounter took place in the vicinity of Sitio Namoro, Brgy. Trece Martires, Casiguran, Sorsogon, at about 5:05 a.m. Friday.
It was learned that government troops from the Provincial Police Office, Regional Intelligence Unit 5 and 96th Military Intelligence Company (MICO) Alpha Company of the 22nd Infantry Battalion and 31st Infantry Battalion, were conducting strike operation when it encountered more or less thirty NPA rebels.