On Friday March 13, 2020, members of the Armed Forces and the Philippine National Police carried out a joint operation in which Julius Soriano Giron, the top leader of the New People’s Army, the oldest communist guerrilla force in Asia, was shot down.
Julius Soriano Giron was wanted for rebellion, arson, and attempted murder. He was the head of the so-called National Military Commission of the illegal Communist Party of the Philippines and general president of the NPA (New People’s Army), the armed wing of that political organization.
Authorities raided the house in the city of Baguio, where Julius Soriano Giron and two companions were residing. All three were killed as they responded to the raid with firepower of their own.
An M16 rifle, several 45-caliber pistols, three hand grenades and ammunition for the long gun were found in the house.
The NPA, which was born in 1969 to combat the Ferdinand Marcos dictatorship, has some 3,900 regular fighters, although it grew to 26,000 at its peak during the 1980s.
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