Police, military capture rebel camp-A A +A
Sunday, September 1, 2013
CAMP DANGWA, La Trinidad, Benguet -- Members of the Police Regional Office (PRO) in Cordillera and the Philippine Army captured a camp of the New Peoples' Army (NPA) in the remote Barangay of Aguid, Sagada, Mt. Province on August 30.
Cops believe the camp is being used by the communist rebels as staging area for their previous attacks on police personnel in the province.
The camp allegedly belonged to the NPA under the Kilusang Larangan Guerilla Marco command operating in Mt. Province. Its capture was a joint effort of the personnel of the PRO-Cordillera, 54th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army, and the Philippine Air Force (PAF).
PRO Regional Director Benjamin Magalong said the NPA has been utilizing improvised explosive devices (IED) in its operation to inflict mass casualty to any government troops as proven in its previous operation, such as in the ambush of the police scout trainee in Tadian, Mt. province and in the ambush of the police Special Action Force personnel in Cagayan province.
He said the captured camp, which is reportedly well-equipped, is being used by the NPA as its training ground for its forces in preparation for the staging of a massive attack against government forces deployed in the province.
During the initial assault, two policemen, PO1 Primo Marcelo and PO1 Romel Sagot, were injured after they were met with heavy gunfire by more or less 35 heavily armed communist rebels within the camp.
After overrunning the camp, Magalong said the joint police and military personnel discovered subversive documents, medical kits, and IED installed along the route and round the camp intended to inflict mass casualties.
In order to avoid mass casualties and further injury to cops, the PRO requested for close air support delivered along the route toward the camp and its surrounding to soften the enemy fire and disarm through munitions the IED scattered by the NPA before the clearing and documentation of the camp.
The PAF sent two MG520 attack helicopters equipped with rockets and machineguns before the rebel camp was completely subdued, Friday, August 30.
No civilian was hurt in the attack. (With Maria Elena Catajan)
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 02, 2013.