2 of 4 slain NPA rebels in Ilog identified

Posted by watchmen
September 16, 2021

By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga

Police in the town of Ilog in Negros Occidental now have the identities of two of the four New People’s Army (NPA) rebels who were slain during last Tuesday’s gun battle at the town’s Sitio Balik-balik in Barangay Tabug.

Troops of the Philippine National Police 6th Special Action Force Battalion recover high-powered firearms after a clash with rebels of the New People’s Army South West Front in Ilog, Negros Occidental on Tuesday, September 14, 2021. The encounter led to the death of four terrorists, and wounding of their two comrades, who are being treated in separate hospitals. (PNP 6th Special Action Force Battalion photo)

The two slain NPA rebels were identified as Christian “Han” Vargas and Joel “Timot” Fundador.

Vargas was noted to have succumbed to his wounds while being treated at a hospital, while Fundador was declared dead-on-the-spot at the encounter site.

The remaining two NPA rebels have only been identified as Ka Nikki, a female, and Ka George.

The captured NPA leader, meanwhile, has been identified as Nilda Natan Bertulano, a secretary for the NPA’s South West Front in Negros.

Police Lt. Colonel Ryan Manongdo, commander of the 6th Philippine National Police-Special Action Force Battalion, said they have also detained 13 other people who were found in the encounter site for questioning.

However, 10 of the individuals were later freed by police after it was proven that they had no involvement in the clash.

The three remaining individuals, meanwhile, remain for further questioning and investigation as they are being suspected as newly-recruited NPA insurgents.

According to Manongdo, they responded to the area after receiving complaints from the nearby communities last Monday night of the NPA’s presence.

Following the clash, the entire force of the Philippine Army and both the Negros Occidental and Oriental police force have been placed on heightened alert.

Manongdo is also calling on the families of the remaining NPA insurgents in the area to use their influence and convince them to surrender before it is too late.

He also warned the NPA rebels that they only have two options should they continue the armed struggle, either they “end up in cemetery, or in prison.”/DGB, WDJ


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