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2 NPAs killed in action, military discovers graveyard

PANACAN, Davao City (22 December) -- The encounter in Sitio Gusmulo, Brgy Datal Blao, Columbio, Sultan Kudarat last December 15, 2006, resulted to death of two NPA members and undetermined number of wounded bandits.

Reports received by the 5th CRG office revealed that the firefight lasted for one hour and thirty minutes afterwhich the bandits withdrew towards north direction. The said CTs were believed to be a combined group of Regional Operation Command (ROC), Main Regional Guerilla Unit (MRGU) and Front Committee 76 of Far South Mindanao Region (FSMR).

There was also an unconfirmed report that among the casualties were top leaders of FSMR namely alias ASYO, MRGU Secretary; alias BRIGOL, MRGU commanding officer; alias DEXTER, MRGU squad leader, all killed while alias BOBO, ROC commanding officer, was wounded in the incident.

There were no reported casualties in the government side. The troops recovered one (1) M653, one (1) M14, two (2) cell phones, one (1) riffle grenade, one (1) electric tester, five (5) meters detonating cord, one (1) improvised electric device, electric wire, and one (1) walkman with headphone.

Moreover, a day after the incident, December 16, 2006, troops led by 2Lt Nolasco and 2Lt Dinayugan went back to the encounter site where they discovered a graveyard and some CT personal belongings such as a cell phone charger, an eyeglass, eight (8) pieces blasting caps, one (1) piece non-electric blasting cap, assorted medical paraphernalia and medicines, a jungle pack, a civilian pack, and some subversive documents.

The Commanding Officer of the 27th Infantry Battalion immediately coordinated with Mayor Bermudez of Columbio, Sultan Kudarat and PNP elements for a joint exhumation of cadavers believed to be communist terrorist leaders buried by the local residents in the area.

"Eventually, the long arm of justice will catch up with these bandits. Their reign of terror in the countryside has tragically ended. If not for the help of the local officials and barrio folks, these people would have been hard to look for," said 5th CRG Group Commander Maj Jose Maria R Cuerpo II. (5th CRG News) [top]

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