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Army Scores In Northern Samar

CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan City – The Philippine Army (PA)’s 34th Infantry Battalion and 81st Reconnaissance Company overran a temporary rebel camp set up by leftist group, New People’s Army (NPA) after an encounter against some 215 NPA members which lasted half an hour in Palapag Complex, Northern Samar earlier this week.

The government troops seized the rebel camp which was comprised of a nipa hut and 10 makeshift bunkers made of laminated sacks and recovered, as well, two M-16 rifles, two landmines, one rifle grenade, magazines/ammunitions for M-16 rifles and several subversive documents.

“The encounter was a result of a successful “Bayanihan” (united community) effort undertaken by local officials and the populace in Palapag town,” said Lt. Col. Rodrigo M. Illustrisimo, Commanding Officer of the 34th Infantry Battalion, 8ID.

He added that the abandonment of the rebel camps means that the people in the area is against the existence of NPA rebels which, he said, “have been known to regularly conduct extortion activities in barangays here.”

For his part, 8ID commander, Maj. Gen. Gerardo T. Layug said,“The support and assistance given by the local leaders and the populace to government troops is a clear manifestation that the Bayanihan spirit is alive in the local communities here.”

Layug added, “We will continue securing the communities against rebel influence and other armed threats, and we will be in close coordination with local leaders and other stakeholders in ensuring peace in every community in the region,.”

Meanwhile, PA troops here are conducting pursuit operations against the NPA rebels in the area.
Phoebe Jen Indino | Manila Bulletin | March 7, 2013 | Article Link


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