A NOTORIOUS leader of the New People’s Army (NPA) was killed while a high powered firearm and explosive were recovered in an encounter with government forces, Saturday in Calbiga, Samar.
This was confirmed by Capt. Reynaldo C. Aragones, spokesman of Philippine Army's 8th Infantry Division.
Aragones identified the slain NPA leader as Noel Galvez alias Bani.
The NPA leader was killed in a 3-minute firefight at the vicinity of Bgy. Buluan, Calbiga, Samar at around 5:15 am.
There was no casualty on the government side.
Recovered from the slain NPA leader were M14 rifle loaded with ammunition and one Improvised Explosive Device (IED) with estimated weight of seven kilograms.
The gunfight was triggered by the timely report of some concerned civilians regarding the presence of the rebels led by Galvez allegedly harassing the residents.
The same group of rebels was responsible for the murder of former rebel Ildefonso Nablo Jr alias Marwan last April 9, 2020.