DAVAO CITY- Topwanted leader of the communist terrorist NPA MINARDO VILLANUEVA, also known as “Bok” was killed in Davao de Oro by military forces on Wednesday (January 5, 2022).

Philippine Army’s 10th Infantry Division based in Mawab, Davao de Oro spokesman Captain Mark Anthony Tito reported that Villanueva was killed in a firefight between the troops under 1001st Infantry Brigade and some members of the communist rebels in Barangay Libudon, Mabini in said province on Wednesday evening.

Tito said Villanueva is the longest-serving Secretary of Southern Mindanao Regional Committee (SMRC), currently the Secretary of Komisyong Mindanao (KOMMID), and Commanding Officer of the NPA’s National Operations Command (NOC).

He is also a member of the POLITBURO of the Central Committee of the Communist Terrorist Party of the Philippines (CTPP).

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