NPA rebel slain in clash with military in S. Kudarat

By Edwin Fernandez

June 10, 2024, 3:28 pm

<p>Google map of Senator Ninoy Aquino town.</p>

Google map of Senator Ninoy Aquino town.

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao Norte – The military here announced a successful operation against communist rebels in an upland town in Sultan Kudarat province over the weekend, which left one rebel dead.

Maj. Gen. Alex Rillera, commander of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division, said soldiers under the 7th Infantry Battalion (IB), led by Lt. Col. Tristan Rey Vallescas, clashed with New People’s Army (NPA) rebels at 4:30 a.m. on Sunday in Barangay Kiadsam, Sen. Ninoy Aquino town.

“No casualty was reported on the government side,” Rillera said.

He said 7IB troopers launched the operation after civilians complained of "massive extortion" activities by the NPA, led by NPA subleader Eusebio Cranzo.

Vallescas said Cranzo and his followers fled to Sitio Kiluding in Kiadsan village, leaving behind their slain comrade.

Recovered from the possession of the slain NPA rebel was a Garand rifle with ammunition.

Following the operation, Brig. Gen. Michael Santos, the Army’s 603rd Infantry Brigade commander, has ordered all units under his jurisdiction to intensify the operation against communist rebels who have been mulcting farmers during harvest season. (PNA)