FOUR members of New People’s Army (NPA), including a high ranking official, were killed in an encounter with combined elements of police and military yesterday morning in Casiguran, Sorsogon.
One of the fatalities was identified as Andres H. Hubilla, secretary of Kilusang Pampropaganda 3, Provincial Regional Bicol Committee (KP3PRBC).
Reports reaching Camp Crame said that the encounter occurred at around 5:05 a.m. at Sitio Namoro, Barangay Trece Martires, Casiguran, Sorsogon.
Initial investigation showed that elements of Provincial Intelligence Branch (PIB) Provincial Police Safety Company (PPSC), Municipal Police Station (MPS) were conducting patrol operation in the area when they encountered more or less 30 armed rebels.
A firefight immediately began and lasted for about 30 minutes, resulting in the killing of Hubilla and three of his comrades.
After the incident, the rebels fled towards an unknown direction.