BACOLOD CITY – A militiaman of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) died in a clash with government troops in the hinterlands of Moises Padilla town in central Negros on Thursday.
In a report on Friday, the Philippine Army’s 303rd Infantry Brigade (IBde) identified the fatality as Rio Jacaba, a member of the Yunit Militia (YM), who along with his two comrades, engaged soldiers of the 62nd Infantry Battalion in Sitio Arum, Barangay Macagahay.
Col. Inocencio Pasaporte, commander of 303IBde based in Murcia, Negros Occidental, credited the village residents for their vigilance in reporting the presence of armed terrorists and for taking concrete actions to ensure that the CPP-NPA rebels are unwanted in their barangay.
“We will ensure that their intimidation and extortion activities are halted,” he said.
The troops encountered the three militiamen after responding to a report from concerned citizens on the presence of suspicious persons believed to be communist-terrorists. After a brief firefight, Jacaba was found dead while his comrades fled.
During the clearing operation, the soldiers recovered a .45-caliber Colt MK IV pistol with spent cartridges, a black colored holster, and subversive documents.
The remains of Jacaba was retrieved by personnel of Moises Padilla Municipal Police Station led by Staff Sgt. Rocky Tonog after conducting a scene of the crime investigation.
“With the Moises Padilla Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict, we will unify and harmonize our peace and development efforts especially with the different stakeholders,” Pasaporte said.
The CPP-NPA is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines. (PNA)