A SUSPECTED member of the New People’s Army (NPA) was killed while nine others were arrested in an encounter with government forces the other day in Igbaras, Iloilo.
1Lt. Hazel Joy M. Durotan, Civil Military Officer (CMO) of the Army’s 61st Infantry Battalion, said the slain terrorist was not yet identified as of press time.
Those arrested were either identified for security reasons.
Reports reaching Camp Aguinaldo said the encounter occurred at around 11:20 a.m. in Sitio Butuan, Bgy. Igcabugao, Igbaras, Iloilo.
Accordingly, elements of 61st IB went to the area to respond on the reported sightings of NPA terrorists allegedly harassing the community.
Upon reaching the place, the soldiers were welcomed with bullets from the enemy so they promptly returned fire, triggering a 30-minute firefight, killing one rebel whose body was abandoned by his comrades.
Recovered from the slain terrorist were a backpack, IED and bandolier for 5.56mm.
The report said nine other individuals were also held following the encounter.
Also recovered in the area were three gallons of gasoline believed to be used by the CPP-NPA terrorists on their plan to burn the facilities of Century Peak Energy Corporation (CPEC).
It can be recalled that last August, a pickup ferrying CPEC employees and 61st IB personnel was ambushed by the CPP-NPA terrorists, wounding one of the company employees.
In 2015, the terrorist group torched several heavy equipment of the said company used to construct mini-hydro project in the same barangay.