Two suspected assassins of the New People’s Army died Friday night in an encounter with Army soldiers in Sitio Agpapatao, Brgy. Binobuhan, Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental.
The two alleged members of the NPA Special Partisan Unit killed in about 12 minutes of gunbattle were identified by Lt. Col. Egberto Dacoscos, 62nd Infantry Battalion commander, as Edgar Bonifacio and Randy Canumay, both residents of Sitio Kalabasa of the barangay.
Dacoscos, 62IB commander, claimed that the two slain NPA assassins were linked to the killings of civilians in Guihulngan and Canlaon cities in Negros Oriental.
Recovered by Army soldiers were two .45 caliber pistols with four magazines loaded with ammunition, a .38 caliber revolver with ammunition, improvised shotguns, and subversive documents.
Dacoscos said the timely information relayed by civilians to the 94IB soldiers, who are under the operational control of 62IB, led to the encounter.
Dacoscos, in a statement issued by 62IB, said that the NPA opened fire first, as soldiers were approaching the area, and that triggered the firefight.
He claimed that the two slain hitmen were part of the NPA group that continually threatened the people in the Canlaon and Guihulngan hinterlands, who will not cooperate with them.
Additional Army troopers were dispatched to the area to conduct pursuit operations against the fleeing rebels.*
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