QUEZON, Nueva Ecija -- Three suspected ranking members of the New People's Army rebel group were killed in a brief firefight with government forces trying to serve various arrest warrants for murder and rebellion against one of them on late Tuesday afternoon here.
Killed was Nicomedes Ortiz, also known as Ka Bunso, Ka Peter and Ka Dagohoy, finance officer of Kilusang Larangang Gerilya Sierra Madre, leader SPARU Unit.
His two other slain comrades' identities were not immediately available as of press time yesterday.
Provincial police head Col. Leon Victor Rosete said the ten-minute gunbattle with the rebels occurred in Bgy. San Alejandro at 5:40 p.m.
Rosete said his men and Army units were already in position trying to implement arrest warrants issued by various courts in Nueva Vizcaya, Baler, Aurora and San Jose City against Ortiz when the three rebels suddenly fired at them, triggering the gunfight.