MEMBERS of the Philippine Army discovered a temporary encampment of the New People’s Army (NPA), following a clash with suspected rebels at Sitio Kampong-oy, Barangay Cabcaban, Bindoy, Negros Oriental Sunday, April 14.
Members of the 94th Infantry Battalion (IB) along with the 62nd IB conducted joint combat operations after receiving information from residents about the alleged presence of armed men in the area at 6:50 a.m.
The firefight lasted for about five minutes.
No casualties were reported on government side but authorities discovered bloodstains on the exit trail of the armed group, believed to be of their wounded members.
Military troops recovered from the camp two M16 rifles, an M4 rifle, a sack of rice, cooking utensils, subversive documents, medical kit, hammocks, and rain boots.
The camp can accommodate 20 persons.
Brigadier General Benedict Arevalo, commander of 303rd Infantry Brigade (IBde), said even if the area is under the 302nd IBde, they can still conduct joint operations where the enemies are.
Lieutenant Colonel Egberto Dacoscos, commander of 62nd IB, in a press statement, said the people are now awaken on the abuses and true intentions of the terrorist group, Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP)-NPA- National Democratic Front (NDF).
They will no longer let themselves be fooled by this terrorist group who have done nothing but chaos, he added.
This is a clear manifestation that said terrorist group is now on its demoralizing status, Dacoscos said.
They cannot deceive the masses now. This can be seen from series of encounters, discoveries of their camps and recoveries of firearms and improvised explosive devices, he added.
He called on the rebels to surrender now as the government has laid down programs for them or else, the security forces will continue to hunt them down.
For the past weeks, a total of four encounters between the government troops and the NPA terrorists happened in Negros Occidental, including the discovery of a camp or hideout.