San Jose City, Nueva Ecija – The cadaver of the slained NPA during an encounter transpired in Brgy Estrella, Rizal, Nueva Ecija last 14 November 2019 at about 2:30 pm was claimed by their family yesterday at 8:30 pm
The cadaver was identified as Michael Ledesma @Bisukol a resident of Brgy Antipolo, Bongabon, Nueva Ecija. And Rosemiel G Cacap @Miguel from Brgy San Nicolas, Ban Ban, Tarlac. Upon succeeding investigations, it was found out that Ledesma was married to @Maris, a regular NPA member of the same group KLG Sierra Madre who was successfully captured last year.
According to the sworn testimony attested by his claimant brother Mr Noel Ledesma, 39 years old, Michael has long been a member of the terrorist group New People’s Army under KLG Sierra Madre. He added that he has not seen him for two years because of his affiliation to the terror organization.
The joint operation conducted by the Army and PNP Nueva Ecija was due to an information reported from the locals that a group of armed men has been conducting extortion activities to the farmers in the area. The residents later on confirmed that these armed men have been forcing them to provide food and financial support. The troops patrolling was fired upon by the group which started a firefight that lasted for 15 minutes resulting to the death of two (2), four (4) wounded and one (1) NPA member captured with two (2) M16 rifles, three (3) hand guns, (1) hand grenade, several magazines, bullets and subversive materials.
Legal action has already been conducted in order to file commensurate charges to the captured NPA members and all wounded members were already given proper treatment.
According to LTC HONORATO S PASCUAL JR commanding officer of 84IB, 7ID, PA “the information recieved by our unit from the populace in the municipality of Rizal, NE is a clear manifestation of their withdrawal of ties and support to the communist terrorist organization.”
He also emphasized the Army’s thrust in achieving peace in accordance with the law, stating “As protectors of human rights we ensure that due process must be observe for all captives. To the people under our Area of Operation we guarantee you that your Army is doing all means to safeguard your well being. Also we encourage our brothers who have fallen astray to surrender to the folds of the government and embrace peace”.