The Armed Forces of the Philippines has just announced that combined forces of the 16th Infantry Battalion under the 4th Infantry Division’s operational control and PNP’s Special Action Force killed Pedro Codaste alias Gonyong/Serv, the 2nd top-ranking NPA commander in Mindanao in an encounter at Brgy. Kalabugao, Impasug-ong, Bukidnon last January 21, 2022. Codaste was facing multiple warrants of arrest for murder, double frustrated murder, and attempted murder.

In a statement, LtGen. Greg T. Almerol, Commander of the Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) stated that government forces launched an operation in the said area in response to reliable information from concerned citizens about the presence of an armed group.

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A 30-minute firefight ensued between government forces and an estimated 15 fully armed Communist-Terrorist-Group (CTG) which resulted to the death of Codaste and a certain alias Zandro.

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Troops recovered two firearms composed of an AK-47 Rifle, a Caliber .45 Pistol, an Anti-Personnel Mine (APM), three backpacks with personal belongings, and subversive documents at the encounter site.

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Prior to his death, Codaste was considered as the Acting Chairman of the NPA’s Komisyun Mindanao (KOMMID) after the death of Antonio Cabanatan, Jorge Madlos, and Menandro Villanueva. He was also a member of the Communist Party of the Philippines’ (CPP) Central Committee, National Democratic Front (NDF) Consultant, Deputy Secretary KOMMID, former Secretary of Guerilla Front 4A (GF4A) in Agusan del Sur during the early ’90s, and later became Secretary of the North Central Mindanao Regional Committee in 2009.

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all photos courtesy of EastMinCom

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