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NPA officer killed in Albay clash

A ranking New People’s Army (NPA) officer was killed in a clash with government troops in Ligao City, Albay, early Thursday, authorities said.

Soldiers and policemen recovered the body of Antonio Perelonia alias Eddie, Bicol regional police spokesman Supt. Renato Bataller said.

Members of the 9th Military Intelligence Battalion, 2nd Infantry Battalion, and PNP 5th Regional Public Safety Battalion encountered about five rebels, who Perelonia led, in Sitio Managanaga, Brgy. Oma-oma, 6:10 a.m.

The clash lasted for about five minutes, afterwhich troops recovered Perelonia, a grenade, caliber-.45 pistol, and subversive documents, Bataller said in a text message.

Perelonia was a member of the NPA’s executive committee in Albay, Maj. Angelo Guzman, spokesman of the Army’s 9th Infantry Division, said. (John Roson)

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Suspected New People’s Army (NPA) members fired at President Benigno Aquino’s security escorts in Ligao City, Albay, on Friday but no one was injured, the military said Saturday.

The incident occurred around 1:45 p.m., while a convoy of the Presidential Security Group, police, and Army were passing through Brgy. Palaspas, Maj. Angelo Guzman, spokesman of the Army’s 9th Infantry Division, said.

Four men, believed to be members of the “Militia ng Bayan” and armed with two M16 rifles, fired four times when the convoy passed by, he said.

The security personnel were on their way back to their offices after providing security in Pio Duran, some 20 kilometers away, where the President visited the wake of a soldier, Guzman said.

“They (rebels) indiscriminately fired without considering the harm it may bring to students in a nearby elementary school. The action was not intended to inflict casualty, but a tactic to make the rebels’ presence felt in the area and to embarrass the security forces,” he said.

Earlier in the day, Aquino visited the wake of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima’s father, former Comelec commissioner Vicente de Lima, in Iriga City, Camarines Sur.

He then visited the wake of Pfc. Erwin Martirez, who was killed in the recent clash between government troops and Abu Sayyaf members in Basilan. (John Roson)

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