POLICE have recovered the body of one of the suspected New People’s Army rebels who were killed in a clash with policemen in San Guillermo, Isabela last Thursday, Police Regional Office 2 director, Brigadier General Angelito A. Casimiro reported yesterday.
The recovery of the body at the Sinalugan Creek in Barangay Colorado, San Guillermo municipality came in the wake of massive pursuit operations against a band of NPA rebels who killed one policeman and injured three others in an encounter Thursday.
Casimiro said that acting on a tip from a concerned citizen, members of the San Guillermo Municipal Police Station and the 2nd Isabela Provincial Mobile Force Company led by Lt. Col. Virgilio Abellera around 8 a.m. Thursday recovered the body of the still unidentified man, believed to be a member of the Aeta tribe with gunshot wounds on his left leg and buttocks.
The man was believed to be one of the armed rebels who clashed with patrolling Army troopers in the area. Recovered at the same spot where the body was found were a 30-meter long electrical wire, medical kits and personal belongings.
Casimiro said that he has ordered Isabela Police Provincial Office director, Colonel Mariano Rodriguez, to thoroughly investigate the background of the slain suspect.
He also said that prior to the deadly clash last Thursday, members of the Army’s 86th Infantry Battalion also recovered two camouflage backpacks containing an M-16 bandolier, eight batteries, three long M-16 magazines with 60 live ammunition, assorted medical supply, toiletries, various food stuff, two empty butane tanks, two kilos of rice, two plastic gallons, several clothing materials, two improvised torniquet, two improvised raincoats and suspected NPA documents.
Casimiro said that Patrolman Henry Gayaman of the PRO2’s Regional Mobile Force Battalion 2 was fatally shot during the clash with the heavily-armed rebels and died on the spot. His colleagues identified as Patrolmen Alfred Taliano, Stephen Olosan and Eddie Boy Vinasoy were also wounded and taken to the hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds.
Casimiro visited the wake of Patrolman Gayaman in Aglipay, Quirino and offered his and the Cagayan Valley police’s deepest sympathies to the family of the hero-cop.