Southern Tagalog NPA's top spy, revolutionary tax collector killed in Rizal shootout

Part of the different items recovered by military personnel from NPA terrorists during an encounter with the military serving warrant of arrest December 17, 2020 in Barangay San Juan, Baras, Rizal. (Photo: PA 2ID DPAO)

CAMP CAPINPIN, Tanay, Rizal, Dec. 18 (PIA) --The regional intelligence and RBKU staff of the NPA’s Sub-Regional Military Area (SRMA) 4A along with three other terrorists were killed in Brgy San Juan, Baras by joint AFP-PNP forces who served a warrant of arrest at around 2:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 17.

The RBKU or "Rebolusyonaryong Buwis sa Kaaway na Uri" is the one focusing on extortion efforts to generate funds for their movement. With this milestone, the NPA's source of funds will be greatly affected that will hamper their terroristic activities against our people and government.

Per report, the arresting party was underway to execute a warrant of arrest against Antonio Cule alias Dad, the Head of the Finance Staff and Execom member of the SRMA 4A for frustrated murder filed in RTC Branch 65, Infanta, Quezon — when terrorists opened fire that triggered the shootout and resulted in the death of five NPA terrorists and the recovery of two M16 rifles, one Cal.45 pistol, one Cal .38 pistol, one Uzi rifle, electronic devices, and voluminous enemy documents.

BGen Alex Rillera, Commander of 202nd Brigade identified the killed rebels as alias Sandra, wife of alias Luis, Secretary of Guerilla Front Cesar, and concurrently designated as SRMA 4A's RBKU staff and alias Onli, the terrorist group's Intelligence Officer.

Meanwhile, the identities of the three other dead terrorists are still being verified.

Rillera said the security forces were notified by informants from within the terrorist group regarding the whereabouts of alias Dads, the same information was confirmed by some of the locals in the area.

For his part, MGen Greg T Almerol, Commander of 2ID emphasized that the Armed Forces will never rejoice in the deaths of our fellowmen, but may these recent encounters serve as a warning to the enemies of the state that we are committed to ending the insurgency that is preventing the growth and potential of our nation.

“The continuous neutralization of NPA masterminds in our area of responsibility shows the growing demoralization across the NPA ranks which will further push them toward the insurgency's nearing end."

It can be recalled that 2ID had its breakthrough in Mindoro just three days ago after an encounter that resulted in the death of four NPAs under the NPA’s Komiteng Larangang Gerilya Mark Anthony Velasco or KLG MAV operating on the island.

“These deaths will further push the rebels to rethink their violent ideologies, thereby fast-tracking our efforts to defeat the insurgency and liberate our people from the clutches of terrorism in this part of the country.”

Since 2019, 2ID has neutralized a total of six high-ranking NPAs across Southern Tagalog.

Cule currently remains at large, however, the state forces are exerting all efforts to ensure that he will be behind bars or suffer the same fate as his fallen allies at the soonest possible time. (PIA-4A/PA 2ID DPAO)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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