By Nino Luces
MAGALLANES, Sorsogon – A high ranking official of the New People’s Army (NPA) was killed in a 3-minute encounter at Purok 5, Brgy Incarizan, Magallanes town, Sorsogon province on Wednesday night.
In a belated report, Major Anthony Aguilar, spokesperson of 9ID identified the killed rebel as Edwin Dematera, alyas “Dupax”, deputy secretary of Larangan 2, Komiteng Probinsiya 3 of the NPA.
He said that joint elements of different units of the Philippine Army and PNP in Bicol while conducting law enforcement operation at the vicinity of Purok 5, Brgy Incarizan against Dematera who is withstanding warrant of arrest for murder charge and frustrated murder, government troops were fired at by his 3 comrades that prompted to the arresting officers to return fire.
According to Aguilar, firefight lasted for at least 3 minutes which resulted in the killing of Dematera while no one was hurt at the government side.
Pursuit operation is still being conducted against to the fleeing rebels.