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Rebel killed in Kalinga skirmish
by Harley F. Palangchao

A New Peoples’ Army rebel was killed while two soldiers were wounded in a series anti-insurgency operations in Balbalasang, Balbalan, Kalinga.

The skirmish between the rebels and government forces started on May 13 at Sitio Ibong, Balbalasang where a 30-minute firefight took place resulting in the death of one rebel and wounding of a soldier.

Government forces recovered an M16 riffle, two magazines, and 46 cartridges from the site.

The Scout Platoon of the 50 Infantry Battalion under 2nd Lt. Julius Tecson reported that the body of slain rebel Rudy Miguel alias Marcial, who is listed number 9 in the military’s order of battle, was retrieved by his relatives the following day.

Wounded soldier, Private First Class Ruben Managuelod, 27, was brought to the Western Kalinga District Hospital for initial treatment before he was brought to the Kalinga Provincial Hospital for further treatment.

Two days later, another firefight between government forces under 1st Lt. Orven Boel Baldonado of the Apha Coy 50 IB of the 503rd Brigade and the rebels ensued at Sitio Saltan, also in Balbalasang that resulted in the wounding of one soldier.

Kalinga identified  the wounded soldier as PFC Castro Nestor, who was brought to the Western Kalinga District Hospital. He is now in stable condition.

The military and the police forces in Kalinga are closely coordinating, as the local police force set up checkpoints in possible escape routes of the rebels.

Police are also conducting intelligence monitoring to identify the rebels behind the supposed atrocities for filing of charges in court.

The firefights came a week after the military’s Northern Luzon Command reported that at least 24 rebels in the Cordillera have so far surrendered to the military and police units.

From March 31 to May 8, 10 rebels from Ifugao and seven each in Abra and Kalinga have surrendered to the government.


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