TARLAC CITY, Dec.5 (PIA) -- A financer officer of the New People's Army died Friday when he resisted arrest and fired upon the law enforcement team in barangay Moriones, San Jose town.
Alias Bo/Bert/Roman worked for the Komiteng Larangang Gerilya which operates in the provinces of Tarlac and Zambales. He faced multiple criminal charges.
Recovered from the encounter include one M16 rifle with magazines, one bandoleer, one pistol, and one backpack containing personal belongings.
7th Infantry Division Commander Major General Alfredo Rosario Jr. said the intensified joint operations of the Army and Police is pursuant to the mandate given by President Duterte to end the five decade-long communist armed conflict in the countryside.
"Expect more arrest of high ranking NPA members in the next few days. So, for the remaining members of the NPA bandits, we are calling you to lay down your arms and surrender to the government. It is time you realize that you are being manipulated and deceived for a lost cause and were just used for the Communist Party of the Philippines' interest," he said.
For his part, Armed Forces of the Philippines Northern Luzon Command Commander Lieutenant General Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos Jr. congratulated all security forces involved in the series of successful operations conducted against local terrorists in the area.
"As we gain grounds in the fight to end insurgency, we will continue to strengthen our military operations and collaborations with our local government agencies and stakeholders until the threat to our peace and development has been totally obliterated," he said. (CLJD-PIA 3)