The leader of NPA Propaganda Squad in Camarines Norte Romeo Gresola was killed after a gun battle with a squad of Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) morning of Monday, July 20. The CAFGU squad stationed at Brgy. Sta. Elena in Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte made a counterattack after the group of Gresola harassed their detachment.
“A rebel leader was killed after a squad composed of a soldier and eight (8) Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) Active Auxiliaries counterattacked an NPA harassment of their detachment in Brgy. Sta. Elena in Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte around 10 a.m. of July 20, 2015,” Armed Forces of the Philippines – Southern Luzon Command said.
902nd Infantry Brigade Commander Colonel Amador Tabuga said seven (7) rebels positioned themselves and fired approximately 300 meters away from the CAFGU Active Auxiliary (CAA) Detachment.
“Initially, the detachment held their position, then their squad leader led his men to a counterattack and successfully engaged the NPAs that resulted to one (1) rebel dead,” said Colonel Tabuga.
Colonel Tabuga, who immediately went to the encounter site to personally check the situation, said that one CAFGU member suffered minor shrapnel wound from the initial fires of the rebels.
Colonel Tabuga positively identified the NPA leader as Romeo Gresola, team leader of the Propaganda Squad in Camarines Norte, while the wounded CAFGU was identified as CAA Hubert Pagao.