Former Rebels confirm identities of two (2) NPA terrorists killed in an armed clash with government troops

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SAN ISIDRO, NORTHERN SAMAR, November 21, 2022 โ€” Former Rebels (FRs) of the 43rd Infantry (We Search) Battalion confirmed the identities of two (2) killed Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) as Reynante Sevilla @Santi, 20 years old, and Nenita Mollis @ Ningning, 33 years old, both from Barangay Balite, San Isidro, Northern Samar. They were identified as members of the Sub-Regional Guerrilla Unit, Sub-Regional Committee Emporium of the Eastern Visayas Regional Party Committee of the Communist Terrorist Group operating in specific areas in Northern Samar and Samar.

The MTF-ELCAC of San Isidro, Northern Samar chaired by Honorable Ferdinand Avila upon the recommendation of the Commanding Officer, 43IB who has operational jurisdiction of the area and the Chief of Police of San Isidro-MPS immediately directed the provision of necessary assistance such as burial, financial, and transportation including security to the families of the killed CNTs. Each family received a total of Five Thousand Pesos (Php5,000.00), 1 Sack of 25-Kilo Rice, and Food Packs consisting of grocery items as part of the burial assistance.

It can be recalled that troops under the operational control of 803rd Infantry (Peacemaker) Brigade under the leadership by Brigade Commander, Colonel Perfecto P Peรฑaredondo, while conducting combat operations on November 18, 2022, were fired upon by more or less 15 Communist NPA Terrorists in the hinterlands of Kilometer-9, Brgy Happy Valley, San Isidro, Northern Samar. This prompted the troops to return fire that resulted to a running gunbattle and subsequent death of two (2) NPA personalities.

After transporting the cadaver by foot for more than thirty-six hours from the punishing terrains to and from the encounter site, operating troops assisted by troops of 43IB and San Isidro-MPS finally brought the cadavers to the Rural Health Office of San Isidro for postmortem and funeral services in Allen, Northern Samar.

Lieutenant Colonel Manuel B Degay Jr, Commanding Officer 43IB, said, โ€œThe support of the local populace in giving the right information on the presence of NPA terrorist in the area is a manifestation that they were victimized and terrorized by this group.โ€  

โ€œConsequences may not always have to end in a violent manner if the CNT members will be willing to lay down their arms peacefully and avail themselves of the genuine programs that the government had been offering to Former Rebels. Christmas is fast approaching. Your respective families will be in so much joy this holiday season with you at their sideโ€, Ltc Degay continued.

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