Rebel captured after gun battle in Kabankalan

BACOLOD City – An alleged member of the New People’s Army (NPA) was captured by government forces following a gun battle at Sitio Bunga, Barangay Salong in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental on Tuesday.

A report from the Philippine Army 303rd Infantry Brigade (303IB) identified the suspected rebel as 21-year-old Arnel “Ka July” Sairot, a resident of Escalante City, Negros Occidental.

According to the 303IB, units from the 15th Infantry Battalion were conducting combat operations when they encountered around nine fully armed NPA members.

A gun battle ensued for five minutes before the rebels fled to different directions while Sairot was captured by pursuing government forces.

Soldiers recovered from the clash sites several firearms, a fragmentation grenade, a radio set, two mobile phones, and subversive documents.

Also recovered is an alleged extortion letter addressed to a construction company operating in the area.

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