Gov’t troops overrun NPA training camp; 1 rebel killed, 11 others captured

first_img“They have become irrelevant and desperate. Alam nila na ang supportng tao ay nasagovernment forces na.Ang mga tao ay sawa na sakanilang promises,” said Pancito. “The rebels were taking for granted the enhanced communityquarantine being imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019(COVID-19). They continued with their recruitment activities and extort moneyfrom villagers,” said Pancito. “Walang identification card na nakuha sa body at wala pang kamag-anak na nakapunta sa funeral parlor. Kung may mag-claim, makikilala natin sya,” Pancito said. ILOILO – Troops of the Philippine Army 3rd Infantry Division’s (3ID)61st Infantry Battalion (61IB) overran a New People’s Army (NPA) recruitmentand training camp in Sitio Anoy, Barangay Cabalaunan, Miag-ao, Iloilo. Barangay Cabalaunan is some 14 kilometers away from the town proper ofMiag-ao. One rebel was killed while seven others were captured, including a14-year-old lad, in this April 18 encounter around 10:30 a.m. Yesterday four more rebels were arrested in a hot pursuit operation. Soldiers proceeded to Barangay Cabalaunan after having been informedby concerned residents that armed men were in the area, according to 3IDspokesperson Army Captain Cenon Pancito III. The 3ID commander, Major General Eric Vinoya, lauded the troops forrepelling the rebels “despite being exhausted in our deployments at differentquarantine control points and performing other necessary tasks to help containCOVID-19 in the island of Panay.” Army soldiers recovered from the clash site an M1 Garand rifle, a KG9submachine gun, a .45 pistol, improvised explosive devices, medicalparaphernalia, and subversive documents.center_img For 40 minutes they exchanged fire with some 49 rebels until theinsurgents retreated. Lieutenant Colon el Joel Benedict Batara, commander of the 61IB, saidthe capture of the teenage boy was proof that the rebels were recruitingminors. The rebel casualty was a male who, as this was being written, remainedunidentified at the Moleta funeral homes in Miag-ao. Pancito said the rebels belonged to the Suyak Platoon of the NPASouthern Front Committee and led by Joven “Ka Lex” Ceralvo. Just this March 29 the NPA marked its 51stanniversary. In the whole Panay Island, Pancito said, there are now less than ahundred rebels. Many NPA members surrendered to the government and others werekilled in encounters with government troops, he added. All the 11 captured rebels were now under the custody of the 61IB. He reminded people not to support nor join the NPA “kasi walang patutungohan.”The NPA is the armedwing of the Communist Party of the Philippines./PNlast_img

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