NPA camp, war materials seized in Calbiga, Samar

CATBALOGAN CITY -- Philippine Army’s 8th Infantry Division personnel who are based in this city have seized a New People’s Army (NPA) camp and recovered war materials in the hinterlands of Samar.

Captain Isagani Viernes, acting chief of the 8ID Public Affairs Office, said Thursday that the NPA camp located in Barangay Antol, Calbiga, Samar, were seized last Friday after an hour of firefight with around 40 NPA rebels manning the area.

Two soldiers were wounded during the firefight while a number of rebels were wounded or killed, as blood stains were seen in their route of withdrawal, said Lieutenant Colonel George Domingo, commanding officer of 87th Infantry Battalion based in Calbiga town.

He said the seized NPA encampment has 30 makeshift huts, two kitchens, and three "bulwagan" (halls) that can accommodate 50 persons.

Recovered from the scene of the encounter were a M60 General Purpose Machine Gun with 90 rounds ammunition, one M653 rifle (Baby Armalite), two pieces of Claymore-type landmines, one flat screen TV (32”), one set of Cignal cable transceiver, one generator set, one chainsaw, several medical equipment and medicines, assorted foodstuffs and subversive documents.

“The successful operation was the fruit of the ongoing partnership between the 87IB and the local government units of Pinabacdao and Calbiga, Samar, headed by their respective local chief executives and the local populace in safeguarding their communities,” Domingo said.

Major General Jet Velarmino, commander of the 8ID, thanked the civilians who informed them about the presence of the NPA camp in the area.

He said the encounter was a big blow to the NPA rebels who will be celebrating their anniversary on December 26.

He again appealed to the NPA rebels to return to the folds of law and help stop "senseless killings" among fellow Filipinos. (Sunnex)
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