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Army on red alert as 3 NPAs killed in 3 clashes

BASUD, Camarines Norte -- The Philippine Army in Bicol is on alert as three unidentified members of the New People’s Army (NPA) were killed in three separate encounters in Camarines Sur and Camarines Norte on Monday, a military official said Wednesday.

Brigadier Gen. Allan F. Martin, deputy commander of the 9th Infantry Division in Bicol, said they anticipated the increased movement of the NPA rebels as the anniversary of the NPA founding on March 29 nears.

Martin said they are on the lookout to the plenum of the central committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines, which activity is expected to happen in time for the NPA foundation day.

Col. Ferozaldo Paul T. Regencia, deputy commander of the 902nd Infantry Brigade operating in Camarines Norte, said there were two encounters in Camarines Norte on March 21.

Regencia said the first encounter happened in Alanaw, Lupi, Camarines Sur about 6 a.m., 28 km from the second encounter at past 5 p.m. in Barangay San Rafael, Basud, Camarines Norte where two unidentified male NPA rebels were killed in the firefight.

He said that in the first encounter, the Army recovered from the site backpacks, personal belongings and documents.

M16 rifle, M203, live bullets and 14 improvised explosive devices, including wires, were recovered, the Army officer added.

Regencia said the Army was able to figure out that the NPA rebels were about to attack a bigger detachment in Alanaw, Lupi, Camarines Sur but they were prevented by the government security forces.

He said the Army helicopter was able to retrieve the bodies of the two unidentified NPA rebels at past 11 a.m. on Tuesday, which were brought to the police station of Basud town for identification and relatives to claim them.

Lt. Col. Arnel B. Bautista, commanding officer involved in the operation on Monday, said they believe the heightened armed activities of the NPA were related to the celebration of the 47th founding anniversary of the NPA.

Bautista said they are trying to analyze where the big number of about 30 NPA rebels came from and they suspected that they may have come from different provinces in Bicol.​

On the same day, another NPA rebel was also killed in a separate encounter in Barangay Antolon, Caramoan, Camarines Sur with no casualty on the side of the government security forces.(PNA)

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