High-Ranking NPA Leader Allegedly Killed in Bukidnon Firefight

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An alleged high-ranking leader of the New People’s Army (NPA) was killed in a fierce firefight with government forces in Quezon, Bukidnon. The clash, which occurred in Purok 8 of Barangay Butong, also resulted in the apprehension of three suspected rebels. Here are some details according to the report of GMA Regional TV News.

Casualties and Captures

Authorities identified the deceased rebel leader as alias “Rica,” while they apprehended individuals known as alias “Sopia,” alias “Kyle,” and alias “Joshua.” Another rebel, alias “Del,” initially evaded capture but later surrendered to government forces.

During the operation, security personnel recovered a cache of weapons and incriminating items from the insurgents. Among the confiscated items were two M16 rifles with an attached M203 grenade launcher, an AK47 rifle, an M1 Carbine rifle, a caliber .45 pistol, an anti-personnel mine, a hand grenade, two 40mm high explosives, as well as subversive documents and personal belongings.

Background of the Slain Leader

According to 1003rd Infantry Brigade Commander Brigadier General Marion Angcao, alias “Rica” was believed to be the leader of the Weakened Guerrilla Front 57, a faction associated with the Southern Mindanao Regional Committee (SMRC). Alias “Rica” had several outstanding arrest warrants for charges including murder, attempted homicide, and violations of firearm laws.

Major General Allan Hambala, Commander of the 10th Infantry Division, expressed condolences to the family of the deceased rebel. He emphasized the tragic deception of individuals drawn into the NPA’s false revolution. Despite such challenges, he reaffirmed the Philippine Army’s unwavering commitment to combatting terrorism and maintaining peace and order.

The encounter serves as a significant blow to the NPA’s operations in the region, highlighting the ongoing efforts of security forces to dismantle insurgent networks and maintain stability in Bukidnon and surrounding areas. As investigations continue, authorities remain vigilant in their pursuit of peace and security for all residents.

Read Also: 54 Ex-Militant Farmers in Tarlac Withdraw Support from NPA


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