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Ranking NPA rebel slain in Sorsogon clash

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LEGAZPI CITY — A ranking New People’s Army (NPA) rebel was slain in an encounter with government troop on Wednesday night in a village at Magallanes town in Sorsogon, a Philippine Army (PA) report said on Friday.

The slain NPA leader was identified as Edwin Dematera alias Dupax, deputy secretary of Larangan 2, Kumite Probinsiya 3 operating in Sorsogon.

In a phone interview, Maj. Ricky Anthony Aguilar, 9th Infantry Division Public Affairs chief, said the incident took place around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday (June 12) in Barangay Incarizan, Magallanes town when government troops engaged rebels in a clash that lasted for about three minutes.

Aguilar said during the clearing operation, government troops recovered from the site a cal. 45 with one magazine loaded with four cartridges,.45mm ball; a cal.38 revolver; two Icom radios; a laptop; two flash drives; two medical kits; and subversive documents with high intelligence value.

Aguilar also confirmed that during the firefight the government troops captured Jimuel Bueno, an active communist member.

“The captured NPA is now under the custody of Magallanes Municipal Police Station while the body of Dematera is now at Barangay Incarizan and will be transferred tomorrow to Barangay Aroroy in Juban town,” Aguilar said.

There was no reported casualty on the government side. (PNA)