NSFA,PANACAN, Davao City, – Five of the seven New People’s Army killed during an encounter between the troops of 73rd Infantry Battalion led by 2LT JERSON F SANCHEZ and NPA bandits on February 16, 2015 at Tugal, Brgy Datal Anggas, Alabel, Sarangani Province were identified as leaders in different levels of the Guerilla Front 71.
During identification process, Barangay folks of Datal Anggas positively identified six of the seven cadavers as follows:
The community failed to identify the seventh which is a female cadaver.
The NPA bandits Leaders were killed after they were chanced upon by the pursuing troops at about 3:30in the afternoon after an earlier skirmish at about 8:00 AM on February 16,2015.
The second encounter led to the recovery of the following:
Nine high powered firearms as follows:
– Two (2) AK 47,
– One (1) M653,
– Six (6) M16 Rifles
Four(4) Improvised Landmines
Two rifle grenades
Medical Equipment and Medicines
The first of the two encounters transpired after troops who were sent to check on the reported presence of armed bandits coercing an Indigenous Peoples’ community were fired upon by undetermined number of NPA bandits.
No casualties were reported during the initial encounter.
“While these bandits were killed in a legitimate encounter, there are families that are waiting for them. Thus, our units on the ground are now coordinating with local authorities especially with the Social Welfare and Development and the Philippine National Police of Sarangani Province for the proper disposition of the cadavers so that they can be brought home to their respective families for a decent burial. We are calling on our deceived NPA brothers who are part of this group to come outlay down their fire arms and live peacefully with their families.” LtGeneral Aurelio Baladad, Commander of Eastern Mindanao Command said.
TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte, Philippines – A ranking communist rebel who allegedly led the bloody attack in Mati City, Davao Oriental, has been captured, the military said on Tuesday.
Lt. Vergel Lacambra, spokesperson of the Philippine Army’s 10th Infantry Division, said Prince Wendel Olofernes alias Doy or Edoy was caught in Barangay (village) Taguibo around 6:30 p.m. Monday, by government troops conducting pursuit operations against New People’s Army guerrillas who had stormed Mati City police station the night before.
Olofernes, who was caught still on military fatigues, is the alleged commander of the NPA’s Front 18 Sentro de Gravidad (Center of Gravity) unit that assaulted the police station in Madang village on Sunday night, according to Lacambra.
Five people — four soldiers and an insurgent identified as Brian Alonzo alias Sim — were killed and several others, mostly government troops, were wounded during the 7:30 p.m. attack and subsequent running gun battle between the rebels and the Army’s 701st Infantry Brigade.
Policemen were able to repel the assault, but the rebels detonated a landmine, hitting the reinforcing Army troops that killed the soldiers.
Alonzo was Olofernes’ alleged deputy, said Lacambra.
The arrested rebel served as the leader of one of the NPA platoons during the raid, and had become a front leader when the former commander identified as Jordan Donillo, was arrested in Compostela Valley last December, said Lacambra.
The military spokesperson said various charges were readied against Olofernes and his comrades in connection with the foiled attack.
Maj. General Eduardo Año, 10th ID commander, vowed to avenge the soldiers’ deaths by hunting down “the lawless armed elements.”
“We will make sure the sacrifices of our brave soldiers who perished in the defense of Mati City would not be put to waste,” Año said.
The Eastern Mindanao Command, AFP together with Bureau of Fire Protection and Naval Station Felix Apolinario Station Hospital held a medical and dental mission last February 13, 2015 at Kapitan Tomas Monteverde Central Elementary School in commemoration of the school’s 110th Foundation Anniversary. “MAGBAYANIHAN TAYO”