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Top NPA leader in Mindanao slain in clash, says Army

/ 03:20 PM January 06, 2022

HOMEWARD BOUND For the first time since the ill-fated C-130 crash in July, a newly acquired C-130 military craft from Portugal landed at Jolo Airport in Sulu on Friday to transport more than 60 personnel to Manila, from where they will head home for the Christmas break. —PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE PHILIPPINES WESTERN MINDANAO COMMAND

DAVAO CITY–The military reported another ranking leader of the New People’s Army was killed in a clash Wednesday in Libudon, Mabini, Davao de Oro.

The report said members of the 1001st Infantry Brigade clashed with the group of Menando Villanueva, secretary of the NPA’s Southern Mindanao Regional Committee, resulting in Villanueva’s death in the area.

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The report also identified Villanueva as the secretary of Komisyong Mindanao, commanding officer of the NPA’s National Operations Command, and a member of the politburo of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) central committee.

Villanueva’s killing came about a week after the military identified him and Eric Casilao, another leader of the revolutionary movement, as the military’s next targets after the death on Oct. 30 of Jorge Madlos, also known as Ka Oris, the spokesperson of the National Democratic Front-Mindanao.

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In a previous report, Major General Ernesto Torres Jr., 10th Infantry Division commander, said Villanueva had a murder case and a P5.6 million prize money on his head.

Pictures of Villanueva and Casilao were circulated earlier so that the government could track them down.

The government also raised a P5.4-million reward for Casilao, secretary of the NPA’s Southern Mindanao Regional Committee.

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