6 communist rebels killed in Bohol clash – army

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6 communist rebels killed in Bohol clash – army

FIREARMS. A total of 7 high-powered firearms were seized from the clash in Bohol.

3rd Infantry Division Public Affairs Office

(1st UPDATE) The Army says the rebels are remnants of the Bohol Party Committee, Komiteng Rehiyon- Negros, Cebu, Bohol, Siquijor

CEBU, Philippines – Six communist rebels were killed during a clash with government troops in Bohol on Thursday, September 7, the Philippine Army said.

The Philippine Army said troops of the 47th Infantry Battalion of the 302nd Infantry Brigade clashed with members of the New People’s Army in Sitio Ilaya, Barangay Campagao, Bilar town in Bohol.

In a press release, the army said that the first encounter happened at around 7 am on Thursday as troops conducted peacekeeping operations in the area.

Locals reported the presence of armed rebels who were accused of extorting food and other supplies from villagers.

The clash lasted for more than 3 hours.

The troops identified the rebels as alleged members of the NPA’s Bohol Party Committee, Komiteng Rehiyon- Negros, Cebu, Bohol, Siquijor (BPC KR-NCBS), under the command of Domingo Compoc, a high-profile NPA leader.

Lieutenant Colonel J-Jay Javines, chief of the 3rd ID Public Affairs Office, said in a message to Negros reporters that Compoc originated from Negros Oriental and was sent to Bohol in an effort to recover NPA fronts there.

“We urge the remnants of these NPAs to return to the folds of the law to avoid experiencing the same fate as their comrades suffered in previous encounters,” Lieutenant Colonel Magno Mapalad III, commanding officer of the 47th IB, said.

On Friday, September 8, the army identified five of the six deaths as Ruben Nabas, Nelson Lumabas, Jingler Compoc and Zusimo Estaniola, and Rogelio Jorillo.

Their bodies were brought to the Baguio Funeral Homes in Dagohoy town for post-mortem investigation. As of this writing, Nabas and Compoc’s bodies were claimed by their family members. –

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