Gilbert Ombos, 60th IB commander, mourned the death of Paragoya.
This is why we continue to call on all members of society to actively take part in ending the CPP-NPA's terrorism,' Ombos said.
Gilbert Ombos, 60th Infantry Battalion commander, said Datu Laurelio Tilacan was gunned down by New People's Army (NPA) rebels as he was heading to his farm in Bollukan village in Laak town, Compostela Valley province.
Ombos said the 43-year-old lumad leader was with his 15-year-old son on his way to his farm, some 500 meters from his house, when armed men believed to be members of the NPA's Pulang Bagani Company (PBC) 4 and Section Committee 3 appeared and opened fire on him around 8 a.m.
Tilacan died there and then but his son was unharmed, Ombos said.
Col Gilbert Ombos said that military operations will continue in areas threatened by the NPAs.
But Ombos emphasized that they are open for the rebels who are willing to surrender and avail of the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP) of the government.