NPA leaders slain in QC shootout tasked to assinate Duterte, other gov’t execs. -Año

Interior Sec. Eduardo Año/photo courtesy of PNA

The two “high-ranking” communist rebel leaders were recently killed in a recent encounter with joint military and police forces in Quezon City.

These communist rebel leaders were allegedly part of communist “special teams” tasked to liquidate President Rodrigo Duterte and other government officials.

Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año announced Saturday, two days after Eleuterio Agmaliw and Freddie Daileg, the two communist leaders who were involved in a gunfight with policemen and military who were serving warrants of arrest against the two around 4 a.m. Thursday in Barangay Nagkaisang Nayon in Novaliches.

They were charged for committing destructive arson, murder, frustrated murder, and rebellion in their supposed safe house in Novaliches.

Authorities said Agmaliw and Daileg both engaged arresting personnel in a shootout prompting a 45-minute gunfight.

Both suspects were killed in the encounter, also with Lucio Carbonel, the owner of the safe house and allegedly the New People’s Army (NPA) leaders’ “contact” in Metro Manila.

NPA is the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).

Carbonel was posing as a tricycle driver to conceal his identity according to Brig. Gen. Debold Sinas, acting director of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) as he announced in a press briefing on Friday.

Recovered from the scene of the encounter were three firearms, including .38 revolver, an M16 rifle, a caliber .45 pistol and an MK2 hand grenade, police reported.

“These NPA leaders are part of the special teams directed by the CPP leadership to assassinate senior government officials that include the President. But we got to them first and we will not stop until every one of them is arrested and brought before the bar of justice,” Año said.

Recently, Maj. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr., deputy chief of staff for civil-military operations of the Armed Forces of the Philippines revealed that the CPP has organized a plan to kill government officials handling the Duterte administration’s anti-insurgency campaign.

Also included in the alleged NPA hit list were Maj. Gen. Antonio Parlade Jr., National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr., National Commission on Indigenous People’s chairman Allen Capuyan, and Secretary Año himself.

However,  Año said, special composite teams of state forces have been deployed to chase down members of NPA’s Special Partisan Unit that were reportedly instructed by CPP to kill those in the hit list ahead of the communist group’s 51st founding anniversary on December 26.

“As I promised, we will get you first even before you get near us. There is no safe place for you in Metro Manila and in any urban center around the country. Kaya kung ako sa inyo, sumuko na kayo habang hindi pa huli ang lahat (If I were you, just surrender before everything gets too late),” Año said.

Source: Inquirer

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