MANILA – Communist terrorists have suffered losses during three days of internal security operations by the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) in Samar this week, the country’s top cop said on Friday.
PNP chief Gen. Debold Sinas said a newly-recruited New People’s Army (NPA) fighter identified as Alger Morillo, a native of Northern Samar, died in a clash with government troops in Barangay Inubod, Matuginao, Samar that lasted for an hour and 15 minutes on Jan. 10.
Morillo belongs to the Front Committee 1 of the Eastern Visayas Regional Party Committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).
His remains were given a proper burial at the Matuguinao Public Cemetery in Barangay Del Rosario, Matuguinao, Samar.
Troops from the SAF’s 12th Special Action Battalion recovered from the clash site an M-16 rifle, an improvised explosive device (IED), assorted ammunition and magazine assemblies, and backpacks with personal belongings.
On Jan. 11, a 10-minute encounter ensued in the village that led to the recovery of more equipment and supplies left by the fleeing NPA terrorists.
On Jan. 12, a SAF team recovered an improvised sniper rifle after a three-minute encounter in the same area.
Meanwhile, police units in the Caraga Region conducted checkpoint operations to intercept communist terrorists fleeing from the encounter with Philippine Army (PA) troops in Sitio Katikuyan, Barangay Camam-onan, Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte on Jan. 13.
This resulted in the death of a female rebel and the capture of another female insurgent.
Recovered from the encounter site were two AK-47 rifles and an M-16 rifle.
These NPA terrorists were reportedly led by one Michael Luca alias “Rifle/Richard”, and Ricky Per alias “Rhem”.
Sinas also ordered municipal police stations in nearby towns to be on the lookout for wounded CPP-NPA rebels seeking medical treatment in local hospitals.
The CPP-NPA is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines. (with Priam Nepomuceno/PNA)