CNT leader killed, high powered firearm and explosive seized in Calbiga encounter
TACLOBAN CITY, Apr. 19 (PIA) — Elements of the 46th Infantry Battalion of the 8th Infantry Division, Philippine Army encountered more or less five fully armed Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) believed to be remnants of a CNT group operating in the southern part of Samar resulting to the death of CNT leader Noel Galvez alias Bani in a 3-minute firefight at the vicinity of Brgy. Buluan, Calbiga, Samar around 5:15 a.m. of April 18, 2020.
Reports from the military stated that there was no casualty on the side of the government forces.
On the part of the enemy, aside from the killed CNT leader, one (1) M14 rifle loaded with ammunition and one (1) Improvised Explosive Device (IED) with estimated weight of seven kilograms were recovered.
The gunfight, the Camp Lucban report said, was the result of the timely information provided by some concerned civilians pertaining the presence in the area, of the CNTs led by Galvez harassing the populace.
The same group of CNTs was responsible for the murder of former rebel Ildefonso Nablo Jr. alias Marwan last April 9, 2020, the military said.
Lieutenant Colonel Rhomel R. Langcauon, commanding officer of 46IB lauded his troops for the successful community security operation. He also thanked the vigilance of the community for the timely information provided to the security forces. He added that the military will continue to protect the people in the 2nd District of Samar who are already tired of the lies, deceits and atrocities of the CNTs.
Colonel Camilo Z. Ligayo, commander of 801st Infantry Brigade stated, “The neutralization of Noel Galvez alias Bani will bring a strong and clear message to the rebels that the government is serious in ending local communist armed conflict in Eastern Visayas.”
“We will pursue these terrorists with the help of the community until they run out of ground to retreat to,” Ligayo added. (PIA8/8ID)