AFP EASTMINCOM: 10 NPA members & leaders killed in gun battle

AFP EASTMINCOM: 10 NPA members & leaders killed in gun battle

A big success to the country’s counter insurgency efforts, a few days ago the Eastern Mindanao Command (EASTMINCOM) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) reported 10 members and leaders of  Communist Party of the Philippines’ (CPP) armed wing - New People’s Army (NPA) Guerilla Front (GF) 4A were killed in a running gun battle last May 13, 2020 near the boundary of Northern Mindanao and Caraga Region.

According to EASTMINCOM the name of the leaders are as follows: Ian Dela Rama alias “Gian,” the Front Secretary of GFC4A; Rio Amor Yuson alias “Lema,” a Finance Officer; Paquito Namatidong alias “Sangka,” leader of a Platoon; and Peter Mansaginda Pinakilid alias “Aloy” the Political Officer of GF4A.

The AFP said based on the report from the field said “an initial encounter transpired after combined elements from the units of the Joint Task Force Diamond under Eastern Mindanao Command responded to the information of a community on the consolidation of undetermined number of NPA members in the hinterland of Barangay Kamanikan, Gingoog City.”
( photo credit to EASTMINCOM )

“The sporadic exchange of fire, which lasted until the morning of May 13, 2020, led the troops to recover five M16, one AK47, one M14, one Carbine, explosives, communication gadgets, and devices. Voluminous documents with a high tactical value that includes a primer on Agrarian Revolution (AgRev), and Handbook on “How to Exploit the Lumads” were also recovered at the encounter site,” it added.
“During the course of the pursuit, troops also found bloodstains along the NPA’s direction of withdrawal,” EASTMINCOM said.

Report also said another 5 communist rebels died during the series of encounters and their lifeless bodies were left by their comrades in the forest while they escaped.

“We do not want to kill our fellow Filipinos, but we have to protect our peace-loving communities. We are always open and true to our commitment to helping those who are willing to go back to the folds of the law,” EASTMINCOM chief Lt. Gen. Jose C. Faustino Jr. said.
“We call on our stakeholders to continuously support the government program and let us collectively address this armed conflict that is pulling us down for the past years,” Lt. Gen. Faustino added.

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