By Tara Yap
ILOILO CITY, Iloilo — In less than 12 hours, five suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels were killed in two separate encounters with government forces in Western Visayas.
Superintendent Joem Malong, Police Regional Office 6 (PRO6) spokesman, told The Manila Bulletin that three suspected NPA rebels were killed in Calatrava town, Negros Occidental in a late Friday night encounter with the PRO-6’s 605th Mobile Company-Regional Mobile Force Battalion.
Malong said investigators are still trying to establish the identity of the rebels.
Two more suspected NPA members were killed in Miag-ao town, Iloilo province Saturday morning.
Captain Eduardo Precioso Jr., spokesman of the Philippine Army’s 3rd Infantry Division (3ID), said this was the result of the 10-minute firefight between the 61st Infantry Battalion (61 IB) and the NPA in Sitio Anoy, Barangay Cabalunan in Miag-ao.
One of the rebels killed was identified as an alias “Bebot Goma.”
Meanwhile, there was also another clash between the army’s 61 IB and the NPA in Calinog town, Iloilo province earlier today.
The clash resulted to the wounding of three government troopers.
Lieutenant Colonel Sisenando Magbalot Jr., 61 IB commander, noted that government troops are making their presence felt after locals have complained that minors are being forced to join the NPA.