Army troops overran an alleged camp of the New People’s Army, following an encounter in Alegria town in Surigao del Norte province, the military said Thursday.
2Lt Benjamin de Dios, civil military operations officer of the 30th Infantry Battalion based in Placer town, said soldiers responded to reports of extortion in the village of Camp Edward on Wednesday afternoon (June 3).
The Army troops figured with an undetermined number of NPA believed to be members of the Guerilla Front 16 of the North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee for 45 minutes, leading to the takeover of the NPA camp.
“The enemy lair could accommodate more or less 50 rebels,” de Dios said.
No soldier was hurt in the clash, he said.
An undetermined number of casualties on the NPA side was noted as blood stains were found in their escape route.
The soldiers also recovered an M16 rifle, an M203 grenade launcher, two unexploded antipersonnel mines, ammunition, one iCom radio, three cell phones, eight backpacks, other supplies, and documents.
Lt. Col. Ryan Charles Callanta, the 30IB commander commended the troops’ accomplishment.
“The overwhelming support of the populace who are already fed up of the rebels’ assaults and atrocities provided our security forces timely information leading to a successful operation that brings us one step closer to peace and prosperity,” Callanta said in a statement. CLC