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One more top ranking NPA leader in Leyte falls

Tacloban City (April 14) -– One more top ranking NPA leader in Leyte fell while one military trooper was wounded, after a five minute firefight in an encounter between military troops and communist terrorists at the vicinity of Barangay Sta. Cruz, Villaba, Leyte.

Killed during the firefight was Policarpio Opo alias Memong, secretary of the White Area Committee, North Leyte Force, Eastern Visayas Regional Party Committee, CPP-NPA, First Lieutenant Dennis Almorato, Public Information Officer of the Philippine Army informed.

Wounded was PFC Benvienido Ortizaone while recovered from the scene of incident were one (1) M16 rifle with magazine, subversive documents, and personal belongings.

It was reported that at about 2:50 in the afternoon of April 12, 2007, two platoons of Commando troopers led by Second Lieutenant Marvin P. Castillo and Second Leiutenant Alberto Dabajo while about to serve the warrant of arrest to Policarpio Opo alias Memong, they encountered more or less five communist terrorists led by Opo.

The neutralization of Opo is the latest among the ranking NLF committee members that fell under the hands of the Commando Trooper as the deadline to dismantle the NLF is nearing towards the end of 2nd quarter this year.

Opo is the third ranking NLF committee member neutralized this year preceded by Antonio Ramos aka Pingkoy/Mando, former Secretary of NLF, last 25 February 2007 and Paterno Opo aka Noble/Loloy/Rex (his younger brother), Commanding Officer, FOC codenamed Mount Amendawin Command, NLF, EVRPC.

Buoyed by the recent arrest of Paterno Opo last 06 April 2007 in Bgy Nulatula, Tacloban City, the 19th Infantry (Commando) Battalion this development is an addition to its strings of victories against the CPP/NPA/NDF in Leyte.

Ltc Lope C Dagoy GSC (INF) PA said “his arrest will definitely bring an added demoralization among the rank and file of the CTs belonging to the NLF that is already besieged by the long sustained operations of my unit causing them misery, isolation, and hunger.” (PIA 8) [top]

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