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Diamond troopers overran rebel camp in Agusan del Norte

CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City, Mar. 14 (PIA) -- Soldiers under the 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division, Philippine Army discovered a hastily abandoned enemy encampment in Sitio Kamalig, Putting Bato, Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte at 2:00 p.m., March 13, 2012.

The discovery of the said camp was during the combat patrol conducted by 3rd Special Forces Battalion.

Said camp is approximately 300 x 400 square meters in land area and can accommodate more or less 500 persons. It is one of the main camps of Guerilla Front 21C of the New People’s Army’s North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee.

The camp has six kitchens, 126 bunkers, and 30 outposts and foxholes.

Upon discovery of the said camp, 4ID troopers scoured the area and discovered the following items that were left behind by fleeing rebels: one Super Power generator (2HP NG-1000), 20 liters of gas for generator, 100 meters of electric wire, two gallons of improvised explosive device (IEDs), 12 sacks of assorted materials used for the production of IEDs, two gallons of epoxy, four cans (1.35 kgs per can) of marine epox, and food stuff.

MGen Victor A Felix AFP, Commander, 4ID said, “This discovery of the NPA’s main camp in Cabadbaran City is a welcome development in the Filipino people’s fight against insurgency in the country. Your Army, specifically your Diamond Division’s, relentless pursuit to perform our mandated task is geared towards protecting the people and the sovereignty of our country."

“It is very evident by the way said camp was hastily abandoned that these armed groups can no longer defend their former stronghold. This is a result of the NPA’s losing influence in the area and over the masses.

“Everyday more and more of our civilian brothers and sisters in the countryside are realizing the reality of the futility and the treachery of the armed movement. People are now open to the truth that the NPAs are not about championing the cause of the poor but about using the poor to push forward their personal gain.

“We are happy that the populace is actively working which led to the discovery of this camp. We hope that others will follow their lead and help us in our future operations. After all, the successful accomplishment of our mission is not for our benefit alone, it is for the whole Filipino nation.”

“While we believe in the primacy of peace talks, we should be able to put up an effective deterrent against armed threats. And this is the reason for all our military operations. We need to protect the people from any form of atrocities, exploitation and harassments being done by the NPAs,”added MGen Felix added.
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