A top leader of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) was killed during an encounter with government troops in Sitio Dung-e, Barangay Manlucahoc, Sipalay City, Negros Occidental Tuesday afternoon last week.
The military said the body of Armando Sumayang, also known as "Pao" and "Joas" and the appointed secretary of the CPP’s KR-Negros Southwest Front, was recovered early Wednesday morning by the 31st Division Reconnaissance Company of the Philippine Army.
Information from the public affairs office of the 3rd Infantry (Spearhead) Division (3ID) stated that Sumayang’s group was earlier seen resting near a creek in Barangay Manlucahoc.
The members of the 3ID’s Task Group Southwest Negros responded to the area upon receiving a report from disgruntled former sympathizers of the group.
Aside from Sumayang’s body, also recovered from the area are a homemade shotgun and his personal belongings.
Meantime, the 303rd Infantry (Brown Eagle) Brigade is still conducting pursuit operations to capture the remaining rebels.
"We will maintain the pressure and eventually flush them out of hiding," 303rd Brigade Commander Col. Jonas Sumagaysay said. (PNA) /MP