Friday, July 19, 2013

8ID troops Encounter NPAs anew, Discover two NPA camps

From the Website of Philippine Army

8ID troops Encounter NPAs anew, Discover two NPA camps

Camp Lukban, Catbalogan City, Samar– Troops from PinamurutanCAA Detachment led by Sgt Charito L. Villamor of 52ndIB (CAFGU) encountered around 30 New People’s Army (NPA)on July 12, 2013 in Barangay Mabini, Calbayog City. The band of NPAinsurgents was led by a certain Dado Baldonado Totoy, an NPA leader operating in Samar.

Sgt Villamor and 16 CAA were doing their regular security patrol when concerned civilians reported to them ofNPAs’presence in Barangay Mabiniand were demanding food stuff from the people. The troops responded to the information and when they got near in the NPAs’ reported location, they were fired upon, and a 25-minute fire fight ensued. Troops recovered one (1) home–made shotgun that was left by the NPAs when troops were advancing towards their position.

There was no reported casualty on the government side, while the NPAs suffered several casualties as reported by civilians who saw the NPAs carrying their wounded comrades. Follow up operations areongoingas of press time to flush out the NPAs from their hideouts.
Meanwhile, two (2) NPA camps were discovered by operating troops of the 20th Infantry Battalion. The first camp was discovered on July 11, 2013 in the outskirts of Barangay Toog, Lavasares, Northern Samar. It was assessed by troops to have been abandoned by the NPAs three (3) weeks ago, it can accommodate 50 people, has 40 sleeping bunkers, three (3) guard posts, two (2) kitchens and two (2) comport rooms. While the second camp was discovered on July 12, 2013 in the vicinity of Barangay Luisita, Victoria, Northern Samar. The second NPA camp can accommodate seven (7) people.

It was assessed to have been hastily vacated by the NPAs one (1) to two (2) days before it was discovered owing to the fresh signs of habitation in the camp’s periphery and military uniforms and civilian clothings recovered by the troops. Both NPA camps were discovered by a platoon of soldiers led by 1st Lieutenant AlgeOronan.

Captain Amado C Gutierrez, spokesperson of the 8th Infantry Division said: “While the focus of 8IDis to deliver community services to the people through its Bayanihan Teams,your soldiers will continue to defend the people against the NPAs who continue to extort, intimidate and worst,even kill those who oppose them.”
PR by the 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division

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