CPP-NPA leader killed by troops in Surigao del Sur – military – Manila Bulletin
A suspected high-ranking leader of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) was killed during a military operation in the town of Tandag, Surigao del Sur, the 4th Infantry Division (4ID) has revealed of the Philippine Army on Sunday, September 9. 18.
4ID identified the deceased as Noel Alacre who the military said had used numerous aliases such as “Megan, Hardy, Heinrich, Vernie and Jerson” to conceal his true identity.
Alacre was tagged as the commander of Platoon 2, Weakened Guerrilla Front 30 (WGF30) of the Northeast Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC) of the CPP-NPA.
According to a military report, elements of the 36th Infantry Battalion (36IB) conducted an intensified military operation in Sitio Maitom, Brgy. Mahanon, Tandag town, on September 15, after four unidentified men burned three motorbikes and fired several shots along the village’s main road around 1:30 a.m. the same day.
The 36IB’s Mahanon Civilian Active Auxiliary (CAA) Detachment immediately conducted a strike patrol to track the arsonists until they found and engaged the enemy along the line of the Tandag River, Lt. Col. Michael Rey Reuyan, commander of the 36IB.
“The terrorist act of arson and reckless shooting perpetuated by CTG [communist terrorist groups] was immediately responded by the Mahanon CAA detachment, forcing the CTG leader to cross the Tandag River even under heavy rain and current,” Reuyan said.
During the pursuit operation, Alacre was hit by fatal gunfire and abandoned by his subordinates who fled for their own safety, the military officer explained.
The body of the NPA platoon leader was not found until Friday, September 16, along the bank of the Sitio Maitom river.
4ID said Alacre has 28 arrest warrants in his name for various criminal matters: 12 counts of murder, eight counts of attempted murder, three counts of frustrated murder, two counts of minor unlawful confinement and one each for kidnapping. and serious illegal crime. detention, arson and kidnapping.
Recovered from Alacre were an R4A3 rifle, steel and plastic rifle magazines with live ammunition, rifle grenades, cell phones and personal items.
4ID said Alacre’s death will deal a severe blow to the “weakened” guerrilla Front 30, which could lead to its eventual destruction. A guerrilla front is considered weakened if its leaders are captured or killed, and it must be disbanded.
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