Thursday, September 4, 2014

5 NPA Killed and 6 High Powered Firearms Recovered in Abra

CAMP AQUINO, Tarlac City- Five (5) suspected members of the remnants of New People’s Army were killed and six (6) high-powered were recovered by elements of 41st Infantry Battalion, 5th Infantry Division, Philippine Army in a fierce encounter at vicinity Brgy. Guinguinanbang, Lacub, Abra this morning, September 04, 2014.

Recovered firearms consist of 2- M653, 2- M16, 1-Carbine, 1 Garand rifle, and 1- cal.45 pistol and 2- ICOM radios.

One of those killed was identified as Arnold Jaramillo alias Ka Mando, Secretary of the Abra Provincial Party Committee and a notorious NPA leader in the province.

The military troops led by Captain Dionizer Mark D. Delos Santos, while conducting combat operation in said barangay were able to locate the group of New People’s Army (NPA) remnants temporarily encamped thereat.

The exchange of fire began at 5:40am and until this time (9:55am) is still on-going.
Close Air Support was immediately provided to the engaged government troops for possible insertion of additional forces and medical evacuation.

LtGen Felicito Virgilio M Trinidad Jr, NOLCOM Commander said, “The success of combat operation in Abra is a manifestation of the good relationship between the Government forces and civilian community”. He added, “The civilian community is the source of information about the presence of NPA team in said area”. 

Lt. Gen. Trinidad congratulated the 41IB headed by Batallion Commander Lt. Col.Virgilio M Noora (INF) GSC for the successful combat operation that resulted to heavy casualties on the NPA side and recovery of high- powered firearms and other war materiel.

There were no casualties on the Government side indicating excellent execution of combat SOPs by the operating Army elements.

Based on the report, pursuit operation is still conducted by 41IB, 5ID.

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