Army kills NPA leader in Albay

A leader of the New People’s Army (NPA) was killed on Thursday in a clash with security forces in Ligao City, Albay, the military said.

Col. Ricardo Visaya, chief of the Army’s 901st brigade, said a certain Antonio Perelonia was slain in a clash with soldiers and policemen in Oma-oma village in Ligao City Thursday morning.

Perelonia, who used the alias “Eddie,” was a member of the NPA executive committee in Albay.

“The local folks in the village were afraid of the presence of five armed men in their village so they reported it to the nearest Army detachment,” Visaya in a statement.

Responding soldiers from the 2nd battalion and policemen then encountered the rebels, triggering a five-minute clash that started at 6:10 a.m.

State troops also recovered a .45 caliber pistol, a hand grenade and subversive documents from the encounter site. Members of the local scene of the crime operatives are now investigating the incident.

Visaya said Perelonia is the second NPA executive committee member to fall in the hands of security forces this month.

The first one was Edgardo Sevilla, the finance officer of a local NPA executive committee who was nabbed on September 6 in Iriga City, Camarines Sur.
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