Government forces arrested two suspected NPA hitmen after a gunfight last Thursday afternoon, November 14 at Purok 12, Brgy Tongantongan, Valencia City, Bukidnon.

The arrested NPA individuals who were wounded after the gunfight were identified as PEDING PAL-OS y MONDOL alias Santo/Agay and FREDERIC TAGURDA y MALONG alias Rek-Rek. Seized from them were two caliber .45 pistols, a grenade, 4 blasting caps, and an XRM Motorcycle.

photo by 8th IB, PA
photo by 8th IB, PA

The suspects are reportedly members of NPA terrorists’ death squad or the so-called Special Partisan Unit (SPARU) of Company “Thunder” (Guerilla Front 6), Sub-Regional Command 2 of the North Central Mindanao Committee and are the principal suspects in the shooting of Zhaydee Cabanelez (the teacher who was shot in front of her students); killing of CAA Omblero (hog tied and killed in front of his live-in partner); grenade throwing at Quezon Municipal Police Station, and at a checkpoint of 88IB at Valencia City which wounded 4 military personnel.

photo by 8th IB, PA

The operation was a joint effort of the 88th Infantry Battalion, Military Intelligence Group (MIG10) of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP), 1003rd Mobile Company of Regional Force Mobile Battalion (RFMB), PNP Valencia City, and 2nd Provincial Mobile Force Company (PMFC) of Bukidnon Provincial Police Office.

Photos below show the suspects being treated for their gunshot wounds.

photo by Kitt Sereñas
photo by Kitt Sereñas

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