Communist rebel killed in Catanduanes town clash
VIRAC, Catanduanes, Philippines—Army soldiers pursuing the killers of a village youth leader clashed with around 10 suspected New People’s Army rebels in Bagamanoc town, 62 kilometers north of Virac capital, Tuesday morning, a military official said.
One communist guerrilla was killed in the clash and was carried by the fleeing rebels, said Lieutenant Colonel Danilo Aquino, commander of the 83rd IB based in Catanduanes.
Aquino said a squad of soldiers led by Corporal Rocky Bumalay caught up with the rebels in Magsaysay village in Bagamanoc at around 9:30 a.m.
A running gunbattle ensued as the rebels scampered to various directions after five minutes of gunfight.
Aquino said the Army troopers recovered an M16 rifle and seized three backpacks with documents.
Army troops were conducting pursuit operations.
Last week, Jay Carlo Cameleon, a Sangguniang Kabataan official of Pandan town, was tortured and shot to death by communist rebels who suspected him of being a military informant, Major Harold Cabunoc, spokesperson of the 9th Infantry Division said.
Another villager identified as Lando Tivar, who was also suspected as a military asset, was killed by the NPA guerrillas, Cabunoc added.
PNP, Army capture 2 suspected NPA women in Quezon
LUCENA CITY – Combined military and police elements Wednesday captured an alleged top communist rebel leader in Quezon province who was sprang out by her comrades in 2008, police report said.
Senior Supt. Ericson Velasquez, Quezon police chief, identified the suspect as Gemma Carag alias “Morgan”, “Siera” and “Zedy”. State security forces also nabbed a certain Vergie Baao, who was tagged as Carag’s comrade.
Carag has long been wanted by the police for murder and rebellion, the report said.
The two were captured at around 1:30 p.m. by elements from the military and police which were conducting operations in the village of Pili in nearby Sariaya town.
Police said the suspects were leaders of the NPA unit tasked with the collection of so-called “revolutionary taxes” from businessmen, companies and rich individuals in Quezon.
“The capture of these two is a big blow against the terrorist’s extortion and terrorist activities victimizing ordinary people and preventing the economic growth in the province,” Lieutenant General Roland Detabali, head of the military’s Southern Luzon Command, said in a statement.
In October 2008, a band of heavily armed NPA rebels stormed the Quezon provincial jail here and sprang seven prisoners including Carag in an operation that lasted no more than 10 minutes.