Two New People’s Army (NPA) rebels were killed by soldiers from the Army’s 26th Infantry Battalion during a clash in Veruela, Agusan del Sur last February 10, 2018.
According to 1st Lt. Teresita Ingente, spokesperson of the 4th Infantry Division based in Cagayan de Oro City, one of those killed was a still unidentified female rebel and an NPA platoon leader identified as Levi Bangonan.
Col. Andres Centino, the commander of the 401st Infantry Brigade based in Agusan del Sur said that the bodies of the slain communist rebels were recovered in Barangay Sta. Emelia, along with eight backpacks containing medical supplies and personal items.
Maj. Gen. Ronald Villanueva, the 4th Infantry Division commander, said the military was renewing its call to communist rebels to surrender so that they could live peaceful lives. The government, he said, would even give them financial assistance.