NPA rebel killed in Zamboanga Norte clash

By Leah Agonoy

August 9, 2023, 9:41 pm

<p>Google map of the Zamboanga Peninsula.</p>

Google map of the Zamboanga Peninsula.

PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur -- A communist rebel was killed in Zamboanga del Norte province on Wednesday following a brief encounter with the Army.
Troops of the Army's 53rd Infantry Battalion clashed with five members of the New Peoples' Army Wednesday morning in a village in Sergio Osmeña town, Zamboanga del Norte, resulting in the killing of NPA fighter Edwin Gulane, also known by aliases "Joffer" and "Imon."

Emon died after a 10-minute firefight, which broke out when government troops responded to an information about the presence of the armed group in Barangay New Rizal, Sergio Osmeña,
according to Lt. Col. Terence Ylanan, 53IB commander.

Ylanan said Gulane was with four other comrades who were hiding in the area when the military received reports of their presence.
No casualty was reported on the government side.
Among the items recovered at the encounter site were a .45-caliber firearm with ammunition and personal belongings of the rebels.
Brigadier General Elmer Suderio, commander of the Army's 102nd Infantry Brigade, said the residents who continue to collaborate with law enforcement agencies were factors in the success of the operation, contributing to the preservation of peace within their community.
Suderio noted the "significant weakening" of the Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee (WMPRC), whose six of its seven guerilla fronts have been dismantled in recent years, leaving the group with less than 25 remnants.
He also assured that Gulane's remains will be returned to his family. (PNA)