At Least 2 New People’s Army (NPA) terrorist were killed and some five high-powered firearms seized by the soldiers in the hinterland barangay in Gingoog City, yesterday 11 days before the founding anniversary of the armed group’s political party.

The communist terrorist were killed by joint forces of the Armed Forces of the Philippine Army’s 58th and 16th Infantry Battalions in an encounter with 20 other NPA in the hinterlands of Sitio Mangilit, Brgy Bal-ason, Gingoog City Misamis Oriental.

“The encounter lasted for 30 minutes,” said 58IB commander Lt. Colonel Ricky Canatoy. The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) will be celebrating its anniversary on December 26.

Canatoy identified one of the fatalities as one Isidro Sarusad Aka Wawang, member of Guerrilla Front Huawei and SRSDG Eagles, Sub-regional Committee 1 (SRC1) of the North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC).

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