Reb slain by troops under ex-NPA captive
Updated 11:30pm (Mla time) Oct 25, 2004
By Jhunnex Napallacan
Inquirer News Service
Editor's Note: Published on page A16 of the Oct. 26, 2004 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer
CEBU CITY, Cebu, Philippines -- A suspected rebel was killed in a clash Sunday in Tubigon, Bohol with elements of the 1st Scout Ranger Battalion based in Carmen, Bohol under the command of former New People's Army captive Lt. Col. Noel Buan.
The Scout Ranger team was on a reconnaissance operation when it chanced upon some 20 armed men believed to be New People's Army (NPA) rebels in the boundaries of Sitio Macapan, Barangay Tan-awan and Sitio Kawasan, Barangay Ilijan Sur in Tubigon, Bohol shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday.
Mario Concha, 34, of Cabayugan, Calape died after the 45-minute gunfight that started at around midnight.
Central Command (Centcom) spokesperson Lt. Col. Jefferson Omandam said the manhunt operation continued until about 4 a.m. The suspected rebels were believed to belong to the Front 1 Central Visayas Regional Party Committee of the Communist Party of the Philippines-NPA.
Omandam said the Scout Rangers also recovered an M-14 Armalite rifle and a binocular from the site.
M/Sgt. Narcisco Tabañag Jr. of the Civil Relations Group(CRG) of the AFP in Bohol, said Buan did not actually join in the operation as earlier reported. He said Lt. Magtanggol Panopio, team leader of the 2nd Scout Ranger Company of the 1st Scout Ranger, led the patrol.
Omandam said Buan's men were conducting a strike reconnaissance operation when they encountered a group of about 20 communist rebels.
"They simply scampered away to different directions after the encounter," Omandam said in mixed Cebuano and English.
Go, Col. Buan, go. Your first star has already been minted. The laurel leaves have been wooven to fit your head, and the country is awaiting to crown its hero. Your story is one great paragraph amid the chapters of scandal that beset the AFP in the book of the Republic of the Philippines.