Ranking NPA rebel killed in Sorsogon clash-A A +A
Saturday, May 3, 2014
MANILA - A ranking leader of the communist New People's Army (NPA) with a P2.5 million reward for his neutralization was slain in a recent firefight with government forces in Sorsogon.
A military statement confirmed the demise of Recto Golimlim, with aliases Cenon, Pingko and Remus, whose body was retrieved last Monday.
Army spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Noel Detoyato said Golimlim died in a 10-minute clash with soldiers from the 31st Infantry Battalion around 9:45 a.m. last Sunday in Lapinig village in Magallanes, Sorsogon.
Golimlim is the head of Explosive Department and member of the Executive Committee of the Bicol Regional Part Committee. He is also said to be the second in command of the regional committee of the rebel movement.
Detoyato said Golimlim's body was recovered by soldiers conducting pursuit operations around 3:30 p.m. Monday also in Lapinig village.
"His body was brought along by his comrades when they withdrew from the encounter site and was left for proper disposition by their active supporters at said barangay," said Detoyato.
"The traces of bloodstains along the rebels' route of withdrawal led the Army troops with their Aspin (Asong Pinoy) tracking dogs to the location where the body of the slain NPA leader was kept," he added.
Detoyato said Golimlim's identity was later confirmed by informants who are close associates of Golimlim.
Brigadier General Joselito Kakilala, commander of the Army's 903rd Brigade, said the killing of Golimlim is a blow to the capability of the insurgents to wage attacks.
"I commend our troops for this remarkable feat. They have once again showcased bravery and dedication in their mandate to protect our country and people against the insurgents who despite of our incessant appeal for them to lay their arms and return to the comforts of their families but still continue to fight our troops," said Kakilala.
Kakilala said informants who provided information that led to the killing of Golimlim will receive the P2.5 million reward. (VR/Sunnex)