Slain rebel in Negros encounter identified

BACOLOD City – The slain member of the New People’s Army in a clash with government troops last week was finally identified.

He was 22-year-old Joseph Pacheco, according to Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office.

Joseph – resident of Barangay Buenavista in Himamaylan, Negros Occidental – was killed last Saturday, July 13 when some 15 armed NPA members clashed with Philippine Army’s 62nd Infantry Battalion troops in the boundary of Upper Carol-an in Ayungon, Negros Oriental and Barangay Carol-an in Kabankalan, Negros Occidental.

Police said Joseph’s 53-year-old mother, Julita, of Barangay Buenavista in Himamaylan appeared at the Ayungon Police Station to claim his body.

Troopers of 62IB recovered high-powered firearms, an anti-personnel mine, two bandoliers, and subversive documents during the clearing operations.

Lieutenant Colonel Egberto Dacoscos, 62IB commander, said the people are aware of the communist group’s extortion activities.

 “We will put an end to rebels’ terroristic activities,” Dacoscos stressed./PN


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