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CTG Member Who is a Punong Barangay, Killed in Masbate Armed Clash



CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur-An incumbent Barangay Chairman who is a member of the armed rebels was killed in an armed encounter between government troops and communist terrorists in Milagros town, Masbate province around 6 o'clock in the morning Wednesday, November 6.


Joint elements of 2nd Infantry Battalion (2IB) and 2nd Masbate Provincial Mobile Force Company (2MPMFC) are conducting combat operations in response to a report about the presence of the members of the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) in Barangay San Antonio when they encountered an undetermined number of terrorists who are part of Komiteng Seksyon sa Platoon 1 (KSPN 1), Larangan 2, Komiteng Probinsya 4 of Bicol Regional Party Commitee (BRPC).


Barangay Chairman Wolfert Dalanon AKA Ompong died on the spot while one M16 rifle, M653 rifle, carbine and a laptop were recovered in the encounter site after the one hour and twenty minutes firefight.


It was learned that Dalanon, who is an active member of the CTG, had been supporting the terrorists' illegal activities and recruitment schemes.


In fact, initial reports revealed that the terrorists were having their training in his Barangay for several days now and today was supposed to be the graduation when the clash broke out.


Hot pursuit operation against the enemies who were seen scampering towards different directions is still on-going.


Joint Task Force Bicolandia (JTFB) under MGEN FERNADO T TRINIDAD AFP ordered the troops to tighten the security measures being laid down in the area.


Gen. Trinidad once again reminded the public officials to uphold their oath of office and give their constituents an honest and untainted service.


He underscored that giving CTG's any form of support and joining their useless cause will only result in bloodshed and endanger the innocent civilians.


Furthermore, JTFB encouraged the rebels to surrender and rally with the government's campaign to end insurgency especially now that Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) or Task Force Katuninongan asin Kauswagan is more than prepared to assist them in reestablishing their lives outside the armed movement.