11 killed in Surigao firefight, military overruns NPA camp

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By Cris Diaz, Mindanao Daily News Online
May 27, 2020

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CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City--The military overran a communist rebel camp in the mountains of Surigao del Sur after a six-day running gun battle, killing 11 rebels, the military reported Thursday, the military reported here Thursday.

Capt. Al Anthony B. Pueblas, Chief of the army’s Public Affairs Division here, said that the gun battle started Tuesday dawn on May 14, 2020 until May 19, 2020 capturing the large rebel camp that could accommodate 120 people.

He said that the military were in hot pursuit of four top ranking NPA rebels of the Northeastern Mindanao Revolutionary Committee (NEMRC) believed to be hauled in the Andap Valley Complex in Surigao Del Sur.

The military received reports of the presence of the top communist rebels of the “Komisyon Mindanao” (KOMMID) in the area resulting in the security operation.

Pueblas said that Myrna Sularte a.k.a “Malaya”, the Secretary of NEMRC, Alvin Loque a.k.a “Joaquin Jacinto”, the spokesperson of KOMMID, Alfie Masinatao Basa a.k.a “Momoy”, the vice commander of the Regional Headquarters (RHQ), NEMRC, and Lorna Pamutongan Gomez a.k.a “Momay”, the Medical Staff of RHQ, NEMRC, were believed wounded in the six-day skirmishes.

He said that unpredictable weather, the rugged and mountainous terrain made it difficult for the army soldiers to retrieve bodies of slain NPAs in the area.

Pueblas said that, as of press time, the government troopers were still on a search and retrieval operation in the area as the military received reports about the wounded hiding in the area.

No casualties were reported on the military side. Seized in the encounter site were five firearms, two laptops, one overhead projector, flash drives, external hard drives, two anti-personnel mines, hand grenades, bandoleers, assorted ammunition and magazines, handheld radios, food and medical supplies, personal belongings, and high value subversive documents.

On May 10, 2020, the military pounded on the NPA’s regional command in the border of Agusan Del Norte and Misamis Oriental, killing 15 rebels, including four ranking officers of the North Central Mindanao Revolutionary Committee (NCMRC).


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