Three members of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) were killed in a series of clashes with government troops in Plaridel, Claveria, Misamis Oriental last Friday morning, March 18.

In a statement, Lt. Col. Ricky Canatoy, commanding officer of the Army’s 58th Infantry Battalion (58IB), said the bodies of the 3 rebels and 3 high-powered firearms were recovered after two 10-minute firefights between army troops and around 10 armed rebels of GF Huawei of Sub-regional Committee 1 (SRC1) of the North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC).

The first encounter occurred at around 7:00AM and while the troops were in pursuit of the retreating rebels, another 10-minute firefight occurred an hour later. Heavy bloodstains were discovered at the scene.

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The slain NPA rebels were identified as Agay Taquin, alias Kerby, the Vice Commander of Platoon Falcon, SRC 1, NCMRC; Andrew Odiongan, alias Dave, the political instructor of SR SDG Eagles, SRC 1, NCMRC; and Joan Pajardo, alias Amirgo, Team Leader B of Squad 1, GF Huawei, SRC 1.

Troops also seized one KG9, one M16 rifle, one Carbine rifle, five makeshift tents, one long magazine for M16 loaded with ammunition, one magazine for carbine loaded with ammo, personal belongings, and subversive documents.

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No casualties have been reported on the government’s side.

Meanwhile, the bodies of the slain rebels were subsequently turned over to the Barangay Council and MDRRMO Balingasag where they will be given decent and proper turn-over to their families.

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photos by 58IB

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