LEGAZPI CITY, Albay – Two alleged members of the New People’s Army were killed in Barangay Bolacawe in Matnog town, Sorsogon Tuesday morning in an attempt to ambush soldiers escorting relief goods to Samar and Leyte, a military officer said.
Colonel Joselito Kakilala, 903rd Infantry Brigade commander, said the clash transpired at around 5:30 a.m. when about 15 heavily-armed communist rebels attacked.
Two suspected rebels were killed in the firefight that followed.
The military identified them as Udyong Huardi , also known as “Ka Rio/Abel”, a suspected NPA leader operating in Sorsogon Province and a certain Ka Weng, commanding officer of “Sentro de Gravidad”.
Another suspected rebel, 19-year-old Peter Chija of Bulan, Sorsogon, was wounded and brought to a hospital in Legazpi City for medical treatment.
Soldiers recovered three M-16 rifles, a baby armalite, a M-14 carbine rifle, a caliber-.45 pistol, and several improvised explosives after the firefight.
Meanwhile, a member of Bayan Muna party-list based in Juban town in Sorsogon was shot dead around 11:25 AM on Tuesday.
Vince Casilihan, head of human rights group Karapatan-Bicol, identified the victim as Wellington Brogada Jr, 50, a resident of Barangay Catan-agan of said town.
He said Brogada was gunned down in front of his house by two unidentified assailants on board a red motorcycle.
Brogada was reportedly shot in the neck, face, and body with a cal.45 pistol.
Inspector Malou Calubaguib, Bicol PNP spokesperson, said police are still looking for a motive behind the killing.
According to Karapatan-Bicol, Brogada is the fourth victim of extra-judicial killings in Sorsogon province during President Benigno Aquino III’s administration. — Michael B. Jaucian/JDS, GMA News