CAMP GEN. SIMEON A. OLA, Jan. 27 (PNA) -- A New People's Army (NPA) member died in an encounter with joint forces of the Camarines Norte Provincial Public Safety Company, Regional Intelligence Unit-5 and the 49th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army at 7 a.m. Wednesday in Barangay Magsaysay, Capalonga, Camarines Norte.
A police report identified the rebel casualty as Marlon Villan, 27, single and a resident of Purok 3 of the same village.
The report said the joint government operatives headed by Police Chief Insp. Rommel Labarro, PPSC company commander, were on security patrol in the area when they crossed path with the dissidents.
A 20-minute firefight ensued until the rebels fled, leaving behind their dead companion.
The government troops recovered the body of the slain rebel, a .45-caliber Colt 1911A1 pistol and ammunition for the said type of gun, backpack containing personal belongings, cellphone and documents of the rebels listing its future activities.
The police immediately brought the dead rebel's body to a funeral parlor, where it was claimed later by his relatives for proper wake and burial in his home place. (PNA) LAP/FGS/EMC/CBD/EDS