An abandoned camp of the New People’s Army was discovered Wednesday by Army soldiers, while conducting security operations in Sitio Kinabong, Brgy. Igmayaan, Salvador Benedicto, Negros Occidental.
Lt. Col. Rommel Cordova, 62nd Infantry Battalion commander, said the camp, that could accommodate 60 personnel, may have been abandoned by its occupants several days ago.
The camp is composed 20 bunkers, four comfort rooms, four kitchens and a mess hall.
Before the discovery, Cordova reported, they also discovered an abandoned harboring area of the NPA in the same barangay, and recovered a sack of rice and a poncho.
Early this week, soldiers of the 11th Infantry Battalion soldiers also seized a rebel camp, following an encounter with members of the Sentro De Grabidad Platoon of the Leonardo Panaligan Command in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental, military records show.
Col. Jon Aying, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, who superviseds the security operations of 62IB in northern Negros and 11IB in central Negros, said the discovery of NPA camps is a clear manifestation that the rebel group continues to lose ground, as the people, who relayed the information to the Philippine Army troops, are tired of their extortion activities.
Of the 39 camps discovered by 3rd Infantry Division troopers, 24 were in Negros and 15 in Panay, Maj. Rey Tiongson, 3ID Public Affairs Office chief, said.
Tiongson added that the 3ID is presently intensifying its efforts in securing communities against armed threats through focused military operations, and constant coordination and collaboration with the stakeholders through “ Bayanihan” in attaining peace and development in the region.*GPB
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