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Another Top NPA member falls in Nueva Ecija

Brgy Digmala, Bongabon, Nueva Ecija—Four New People’s Army (NPA) members, remnants of the insurgency free provinces of Nueva Ecija and Aurora, were killed in a five-minute fire fight after firing at government forces at Sitio Tamale Thursday 9 p.m. here.

One of the killed NPA members was identified as Benjamin Peralta alias gani/otoy/onil, was usually called as the “Secretary” or the highest ranking leader in terms of maintaining the ideological capacity of the said NPA unit. Also killed is a certain alias Sara.

Recovered, by troops of the 81st Infantry Battalion under 1Lt Saturnino Enofre from the encounter site were, one M16 rifle, one Carbine rifle, one cal. .45 pistol, two improvised explosive device, two fragmentation grenades, food stuffs, assorted medicines and documents with high intelligence value.

Troops are still scouring the area. Soldiers in the area are now coordinating with local government units and agencies for the identification of the other two and disposition of the dead NPA members who were left behind by their comrades.

Bgen Alan R Luga, Commander of the Army’s 7th Infantry Division said, “This is definitely another big blow in their leadership and organization. Your Army here in Central Luzon will make sure that armed groups will be unable to use force to threaten our citizens.”

“While we conduct focused military operations, the government is ready for the influx of NPA members joining mainstream society,” added Luga.

It was in February 6 when 7ID’s 48th Infantry Battalion had major encounter with the same NPA remnant unit. Government troops were fired upon by the NPA which resulted to the death of Antonio Layco alias Berto and Remy Huego alias Russel and the recovery of an M16 rifle with an M203 grenade launcher, an M14 rifle, an M79 grenade launcher and documents of high intelligence value. Berto is the highest ranking leader in terms of running the armed component of the remnant NPA unit. Russel was second in command.



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