Three members of the New People’s Army were killed and two more surrendered, while various firearms and some explosives were seized in separate clashes with government forces in Sorsogon and Surigao del Norte, the military reported.
Soldiers and policemen killed two NPA members and accepted the surrender of two more, including a local leader, in Irosin, Sorsogon, on Thursday afternoon, said Maj. John Paul Belleza, Army 9th Infantry Division public affairs officer.
Members of the 22nd Infantry Battalion and different police units encountered about 40 rebels along the boundary of Brgys. Patag and Cawayan, around 1:30 p.m.
They were carrying out an operation after receiving a report on rebel presence, Belleza said.
The firefight lasted for about 15 minutes, afterwhich most of the surviving rebels withdrew, he said.
Soldiers and policemen later recovered the bodies of two slain NPA members and received two other rebels who surrendered.
One of the surrenderors was identified as the leader of a platoon under Larangan 2 of the Bicol Regional Party Committee, Belleza said.
Six M16 rifles, three anti-personnel mines, and some personal belongings were seized, he said.
“Ang pagsuko ng isa sa mga batikang lider ng grupong nakasagupa ng ating mga tropa ay patunay na napipilitan na lang makipaglaban ang teroristang grupong ito,” said Col. Aldwine Almase, 903rd Infantry Brigade commander.
The leader’s successful surrender also shows that troops accept rebels who want to lay down arms, even in the middle of fighting, he added.
Also on Thursday, a local NPA leader was killed in a clash with members of the 30th Infantry Battalion in Claver, Surigao del Norte.
Former rebels identified the slain as an alias “Asyong,” vice commander and political officer of a platoon under Guerilla Front 16 of the North-Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee, said 2Lt. Benjamin de Dios, 30th IB civil-military operations officer.
Troops were conducting patrols when they encountered Asyong’s group in the hinterlands of Sitio Suoton, Brgy. Cagdianao, he said.
The firefight lasted for about 15 minutes before the surviving rebels withdrew.
Troops recovered two AK-47 rifles, an M14 rifle, a bandolier, nine various magazines with rounds of live ammunition, as well as food items and medicine.
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