3 NPAs killed in Butuan clash identified

The slain rebels were members of an NPA unit operating in Butuan’s Mount Ilong-Ilong range, a known bastion of communist insurgents in the Caraga region. PHOTO/ 402nd IB

Authorities on Monday have identified the  three New People’s Army rebels slain in a fierce gun battle in the remote village of  Anticala, Butuan City on Sunday (Jan.27).

1st Lt. Edmar Colagong, civil military operations officer of the Army’s 29th Infantry Battalion identified the three slain rebels as Boboy Dapiniagan of Sibagat, Agusan del Sur; a certain Boboy of Tandag City, Surigao del Sur province and another “Morong” of Barangay Obrero, Butuan City.

Colagong said the slain rebels were members of the SPP 21-C Guerilla Front Committee 21 of the CPP (Communist Party of the Philippines) NPA Northeastern Mindanao Regional Committee.

He said the encounter occurred when soldiers surprised an undetermined number of communist rebels in Sitio Patagon in Barangay Anticala at around 1:30 p.m.

He said the soldiers engaged the guerrillas, led by Toto Anub, also known by his aliases Ka Dongkoy and Makoy, commander of the NPA unit operating in Butuan’s Mount Ilong-Ilong range, a known bastion of communist insurgents in the Caraga region.

Recovered in the encounter scene were M16 rifles—2; M203 grenade launcher-1, and AK47-1.

There was no reported casualty on the government side.

On Friday, two NPA rebels were also killed in a clash with Army troopers in a remote village in Bacuag town in Surigao del Norte province.

Following a series of NPA battle setbacks in Caraga, the military said it will intensify its insurgency operations in the region.

“The people are already fed-up with the CNTs’ decades long of banditry and extortion. There will be no let-up in our offensive operations against the CNTs. We will hit them and we will hit them hard,” Army’s 402nd Infantry Brigade commander Brigadier General Nemesio Gacal said in a statement. By CLC

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