An alleged assassin of the New People’s Army Special Partisan Unit yesterday died in a shoot-out with Army soldiers following his group’s failed attempt to kill a member of the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit in Sitio Cabalbalan, Brgy. Camalandaan, Cauayan, Negros Occidental.
Cauayan police investigation showed that CAFGU member Wilson Geresola was shot by a suspected assassin of the NPA, who was armed with a .45 caliber pistol, while he and SSgt. Jose Jessie Pareño, detachment commander, were on their way back to the detachment in the barangay.
Geresola was not hit, while Pareño, who came to the rescue of the CAFGU member, managed to disarm the gunman, who was wearing a green T-shirt with an “Army” name on its left side, of his .45 caliber pistol. But the gunman, who was initially identified by the Cauayan police as a certain Ka Kim, managed to escape.
Several hours later, a concerned barangay resident informed members of the Philippine Army that suspected Special Partisan Unit members of the NPA who were behind the failed attempt to kill Geresola were sighted in a nipa hut, beside the house of Jeryn Palermo in Sitio Dungga, Brgy. Camalanda-an, Cauayan.
A team of Army soldiers led by SSgt. Pareño responded to reports on the sightings of the four suspects, whom they tried to convince to surrender, the police said.
Police Officer 1 Cyrus Maquiling, investigator-on-case, said that Ylanan tried to open fire at the Army soldiers. But his gun did not fire, which prompted Army soldiers to shoot back, and were able to hit him, causing his death.
However, the three companions of Ylanan managed to escape, Maquiling said.
Recovered from the slain Ylanan, who also turned out to be a drug surrenderer, were a homemade pistolized shotgun with a dud bullet in the chamber, as well as five live ammunition of a 12-gauge shotgun.
Army soldiers also recovered a .38 caliber revolver without ammunition, two magazines of a .45 caliber pistol, a Lenovo cellular phone, assorted identification cards, a blue athletic police uniform, two camouflage T-shirts and assorted short pants, which had been placed inside a green back pack.
Maquiling said the cadaver of Ylanan has already been claimed by his family.*GPB
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