By: Dolly Yasa
BACOLOD City – Col. Oscar Lactao, commanding officer of the 303rd Brigade, said the two NPA rebels who were killed in an encounter with 11th IB troopers during the weekend were the ones behind the liquidation of two paramilitary troopers in central Negros.
“That is what we call as karma,” Lactao told reporters here.
The two slain rebels identified as Argie Villasan and Elmer Cañete were said to be members of the SPARU unit, the NPA’s liquidation squad.
The two were killed in an encounter at sitio Natae, Brgy. Bucalan, Canlaon City Saturday morning.
Also slain in the said encounter was Pfc. Edmund Prieto of the 11th IB.
The army said the bodies of the slain rebels were left behind by their comrades and were unclaimed as of presstime at a funeral parlor in Canlaon City.
Another suspected NPA member, Ronnel Josalita was captured but was released after the government forces found no basis for his detention, according to Col. Wilfredo Isaac, commanding officer of the 11th IB.
The army said that it was in the house of Josalita where the encounter took place.
A squad of 11th IB soldiers led by Prieto was conducting security patrol when they encountered an undetermined number of rebels in the area.
Recovered from the encounter site were two caliber .45 pistols, four magazines of caliber .45 pistols with 23 live ammunition, one fragmentation grenade and voluminous documents of high intelligence value.
It can be recalled that two Cafgus were recently executed by suspected NPA rebels – one in Moises Padilla town and another in Isabela town. Lactao blamed their deaths to the two slain rebels.