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7 NPA rebels die in firefight with government forces in Antique.

Seven suspected New People's Army dissidents were killed on Wednesday in a firefight with a joint team of policemen and soldiers serving a warrant of arrest against two reported rebel leaders in Antique.

Supt. Mark Anthony Darroca, officer-in-charge of the San Jose Municipal Police Station, Antique, said the clash occurred at around 12:10 a.m. while he and his men, supported by soldiers, were attempting to serve a warrant against Jason Talibo alias Bebe and Joven Ceralvo alias Lex.

Darroca said that instead of yielding, Talibo and Ceralvo, who were backed by their colleagues, fought the arresting team, triggering a gun battle in Barangay Atabay, San Jose Antique.

Talibo died during the shootout, but Ceralvo escaped.

During the firefight 33-minute firefight, six other rebels were also killed, five of whom were identified as Karen Ceralvo; Felix Salditos; Jason Sanchez; Rene Yap and Liezel Bandiola.

Darroca said that the operating team recovered three hand grenades, two 40 mm ammunition, two rifle grenades; a homemade shotgun; two .38 caliber revolvers; several magazines for firearms; a netbook; and two laptop computers.

The team also seized seven android mobile phones; five tablets; a Canon dslr camera; two pocket wifis; a power bank; three SD cards; spare batteries for camera; a USB; 22 assorted SIM cards; three transistor radios; four watches; 14 assorted phone charges; and four headsets.

Darroca said they also recovered bank books and ATM cards, identification cards, an extortion letter with the Napoleon Tumagtang Command, Southern Front of the NPA and list of persons and companies which are being extorted, along with a Honda XR 150 motorcycle, assorted medicines, eight backpacks and cash amounting to P34,601.

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Publication:Business Mirror (Makati City, Philippines)
Date:Aug 15, 2018
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