THREE members of New Peoples’ Army (NPA) were killed in an encounter with the Regional Mobile Force Battalion 4A (RMFB4A) troops in a fire fight on Tuesday in Bgy San Antonio, Kalayaan, Laguna.
PNP-Police Regional Office (PRO) 4A Director Police Brig. Gen. Vicente D. Danao identified the fatalities as Dioscorro Cello alias Ka Termo and two others identified only as Ka Omar Efren and Ka Danny Mar Rey.
Danao said Cello is the platoon leader of Platun Laguna-Quezon, Melito Glor Command, Main Regional Guerilla Unit, Southern Tagalog Region, and General Secretary of Cesar Batrallo Command.
He is the subject of an arrest order with a P 3.8 million reward for information leading to his capture.
In line with this, PNP Chief General Archie Gamboa ordered his men to conduct hot pursuit operation against the rebels in the area.
“The Philippine National Police condemns in the strongest terms the latest act of hostility of the New People’s Army in Laguna amid the health crisis we are facing right now”, Gamboa said.
The encounter lasted for an hour between more or less 40 members of CPP/NPA/NDF Terrorists and the RMFB4A while the troops were scouting for a shelter relative to Oplan Dirty Dozen project of PRO 4-A.