2 ranking New Peoples’ Army rebs killed

April 06, 2019

TWO ranking leaders of the New Peoples’ Army (NPA)   were killed in an encounter with government forces the other day in Digos City, Davao del Sur.

This was confirmed by Colonel Ezra Balagtey, spokesperson of Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)-Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) .

Balagtey identified the fatalities as Lesly Pulido alias Camille, commander of Sec, Guerilla Front. 51, (GF51) and Roberto  Castellote alias Enoy, commander of guerilla unit of GF51.

He said the encounter occurred Friday morning  in the hinterlands of Sitio Lanan, Barangay Goma, Digos City, Davao del Sur.

According to Col. Adonis Bajao, commander of  1002nd Infantry Brigade  troops went to the area in response to the report regarding the presence of rebels harassing the community.

Upon reaching  the place, the rebels  immediately fired their guns that prompted the troops to return fire that triggered the firefight that lasted for 45 minutes and resulted to the killing of the two NPA leaders.