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CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur-A high-ranking leader of the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) was killed in the armed clash between the government troops and communist terrorists in Barangay Submakin, Labo, Camarines Norte, Tuesday, January 14.


The 96th Infantry (ALAB) Battalion (96IB) identified the slain CTG leader as Marlon Asis AKA Pots, Commanding Officer of Sub Regional Yunit Guerilla (SRYG), Sentro de Grabidad (SDG), Larangan 1 (L1), Komiteng Probinsya 1 (KP1) of Bicol Regional Party Committee (BRPC).


According to the report, joint elements of 96IB and 2nd Provincial Mobile Force Company (2PMFC) of Camarines Norte Police Provincial Office (CNPPO) were conducting security operations around 6 o’clock in the morning in response to a report of the CTG’s presence in the area when they encountered at least 15 communist terrorists.


A 45-minute gunfight broke out before the enemies scurried towards different directions leaving their dead comrade behind.


Aside from one soldier who suffered minor injuries, no other from the troops were harmed in the incident.


Recovered in the encounter site were two high powered firearms and other personal belongings.


Meanwhile, six other suspected CTG members were apprehended during the hot pursuit operation and are now at the custody of Philippine National Police for further investigations.


Confiscated from them were three molotovs and a caliber .45 pistol.


Prior to this, an armed clash between government forces and the communist terrorist also transpired at Jose Panganiban town last Friday, January 10 wherein three M16A1 rifle, one M203 grande launcher, four improvised explosive device (IEDS), laptops, cellphones and subversive documents were recovered.


Said CTG members were believed to be conducting recovery efforts to regain their lost mass bases which is being opposed by the residents who are fed up with the violence and harm being spread by the communist terrorists.


LTC LUZMINDO MAMAUAG JR, Battalion Commander of 96IB said that the military is grateful for the support of the local populace in providing information about the presence of the CTGs.


Joint Task Force Bicolandia (JTFB) under MGEN FERNANDO T TRINIDAD AFP on the other hand reiterated the call of the government for the communist terrorists to abandon the armed movement and avail of the various programs of the government thru the Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC).