Four high-ranking members of the New Peoples Army (NPA) were killed and 16 high-powered firearms and other arms cache were seized following a nearly 2-hour combat operation by the 1st Special Forces Battalion of the Philippine Army last April 6, 2022 in the hinterlands of Barangay Tikalaan, Talakag, Bukidnon.

The four slain ranking NPA leaders were identified as Carlisio D. Sumalinog, Jovilito D. Pontillas, Gary I. Juliana, and Jelly A. Sugnot, all members of the Sub-Regional Committee (SRC) 4 and 5 of the North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC).

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Seized from the rebels were one M203 grenade launcher, one M653 rifle, one AK47 rifle, one M14 rifle, seven M16 rifles, two R4 carbines, three M1 garand rifles, assorted magazines, ammunition, medicines, bandoliers, backpacks, and CTG flags.

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photos by 1st SFB, PA

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