BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Patrolling Army soldiers figured in renewed armed clashes with remnants of the New People’s Army Northern Negros Front in Brgy. Malasibog, Escalante City, Negros Occidental yesterday, that led to the death of an alleged NPA rebel and the capture of two others.
Killed was Wilson Yanog Jr., a resident of Sitio Tinibiayangan, Brgy. Minapasuk, Calatrava, while captured were Joel Manguiran, alias Baroy, and Jessie Labisto, Lt. Col. J-Jay Javines, 79th Infantry Battalion commander, said.
Javines said that 79IB soldiers responded to information from civilians on the reported presence of a group of NPA rebels in the barangay, and that led later to a five-minute gunbattle.
Javines said the encounter ensued after 79IB troopers retaliated after being fired upon first by rebels.
Recovered at the encounter site were a .45 caliber pistol, a 9mm pistol with nine ammunition, nine cellular phones, several backpacks containing personal belongings, an Isuzu multi-cab with plate number LNF 297, a Honda XR 150cc motorcycle, and subversive documents with high intelligence value.
Javines attributed the success of their military operations to the support of the populace in the barangay.
The cadaver and the two rebels were turned over by the 79IB to the Escalante City Police Station for proper documentation and disposition.*