Top NPA leader, with P6.1M bounty, killed in Zambo Norte clash – AFP

Top NPA leader, with P6.1M bounty, killed in Zambo Norte clash – AFP


Insurgency operations of government troops yielded to the killing of a former secretary of the communist (New People’s Army) NPA terrorist group in an encounter in the early evening of November 13, 2020.

This came from the report submitted by 102nd Infantry Brigade Commander Brig. Gen. Leonel Nicolas to WestMinCom Commander Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan.

According to Vinluan, “Operating troops of the 44th Infantry Battalion were conducting combat operations when they encountered more or less 10 armed fighters of the Guerilla Front Flex A, Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee (WMRPC) at Purok 2, Barangay ZNAC, Tampilisan, Zamboanga del Norte at 6:15 p.m.”

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“An exchange of gunfire ensued for 45 minutes after which the militants withdrew,” Lt. Gen. Vinluan, Jr. added.

The military encounter resulted to the death of NPA member which was identified as Leonardo Nabong, a.k.a. Otik/Berto/Bonie, the former secretary and the current 1st Deputy Secretary of the WMRPC.

“Nabong was also an Executive Committee member of the Komisyon Mindanao (KOMMID) who has existing warrants of arrest for multiple murder with quadruple frustrated murder and damage to government property, and rebellion issued by the Regional Trial Court 10th Judicial Region Branch 36 in Calamba, Misamis Occidental with a reward of PHP 6,150,000.00,” said Brig. Gen. Nicolas.

The military was able to secure the remains of Nabong and war materiel including one M14 rifle, four M16A1 Elisco, one M203 Grenade Launcher, ten long and four short magazines for M16 rifle, six rounds live ammunition of 40mm.

“The identity of the killed NPA leader was confirmed by former rebels who are currently participating in our livelihood programs,” Brig. Gen. Nicolas added.


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