NPA Member Fatally Wounded in Encounter with Gov't Troops (Update)

Written by PSUPT ROGELIO C ALABATA, Chief RPIO9 on . Posted in News Release

Pagadian CPS were notified by Zamboanga Del Sur Medical Center in Barangay Dao, Pagadian City about the arrival of a lifeless male person at their hospital on May 4, 2017 at about 1:00 AM. Said individual was identified as Jomar Bawan Becsala, 24, resident of Purok Durian, Barangay Lizon Valley, Pagadian City, Zamboanga Del Sur.

At about 1:40 AM of same date, Becsala was declared dead by the attending physician. The victim sustained several gunshot wounds on the different parts of his body. Initial investigation disclosed that in the early morning of May 3, 2017, elements of the 53rd Infantry Battalion based in New Onidos, Midsalip, Zamboanga Del Sur were conducting foot patrol within their area of responsibility, when they tracked the presence of armed men which they followed until they reached Purok Durian. As they were about to approach the house of Nonoy Becsal, they saw three individuals jump from the door holding their guns, while another person positioned at the window fired upon the troops. The government troops returned fire but the three individuals escaped. They entered the target house and found Jomar Becsala lying on the floor with gunshot wounds on the different parts of his body. The troops applied first aid to control the bleeding of the wounded person and took him to the hospital. Inside the house, the troops recovered a communist flag, solar charger, a loaded homemade 12-gauge shotgun, a fragmentation grenade, three cellphones, a green shirt uniform of the Bagong Hukbong Bayan, and several subversive documents.

-with report from PO3 Radzben S. Jul, RPIO9