Philippine Army 10th Infantry Division (10ID) is confirming the death of two high ranking leaders of New People’s Army, now being referred to as Armed Lawless Group (ALG) by the military. The dead bodies were recovered by troops of 84th Infantry Battalion last April 18 and 19 at Sitio Banban, Barangay Lumiad, Paquibato District, Davao City.
They were leaders of Pulang Bagani Company 1 (PBC 1).
10ID said the two were identified as Bernie Pepito Alima alias King, Vice-CO of Andoy Platoon of PBC 1 and Levy Boy Almosara alias Rexan, CO of Basil Platoon of PBC 1.
The Army division said “the two were killed during a series of encounters on April 18 between the ALG and troops of 84IB, who were conducting pursuit and rescue operations of the five PNP personnel earlier abducted by the ALG. The first firefight happened at 8:00 a.m. and second encounter occurred at 12:25 p.m. on April 18.”
“Alias King’s dead body and an armalite rifle were recovered by the troops after the 12:25 pm encounter. The dead body of alias Rexan and other war materiel were recovered at around 9:00 a.m. the following day, April 19,” 10ID said.
Said ALG leaders are believed to be part of the group that attacked Quiman-anao CAFGU Detachment and abducted the five police officers on April 16, 2016, both in Paquibato District, Davao City.
“The death of these ALG leaders shows that the long arms of the law will sooner get all those who espouse and use violence to achieve their goals,” 10ID commander Major General Rafael C Valencia said.
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