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Another NPA camp seized by government troops in Samar

By 20th Infantry Battalion, 8ID PA
June 12, 2012

BRGY. MAGSAYSAY, Lope de Vega, Northern Samar  Ė  Due to the accurate and timely information given by peace loving residents in the area, the troops of 20th Infantry (We Lead) Battalion, 8ID, PA under the leadership of LTC Noel A Vestuir was able to engage local terrorists in series of encounters at the outskirts of Barangay E Duran, Bobon, Northern Samar last June 7-9, 2012.

According to LTC Vestuir, 20IBís Commanding Officer, civilian informants in the area has tipped-in information about the presence of armed Communist Terrorists (CTs) that are conducting house to house visitation and collecting food stuffs from the residents in the barangays located the tri-boundaries of the municipalities of  Bobon, Catarman and San Isidro all of Northern Samar.

Reacting to the said information, 20IB has sent troops to verify the reported presence of the CTs in the area. On June 7, 2012, the troops under 2LT Al Peter Galula while approaching the forested area of Brgy E Duran, chanced upon a group of more or less 10 communist terrorists which resulted to an encounter that lasted for five minutes. During the conduct of pursuit operations, another engagement took place between the said group and the troops led by 1LT Franchild Dusil last June 8, 2012. It was followed by two (2) more skirmishes until the following day. As a result of the said encounters, a communist terrorist camp was seized on June 9, 2012. The said camp has thirty five (35) bunkers that can accommodate more or less seventy (70) communist terrorists.

The recent accomplishments of the government troops against the NPAs in the area of 1st district of Northern Samar have disrupted the impending terroristic activities that are being hatched to be conducted by the NPA. The government troops had dislodged them from their guerilla camps and cut-off their supply support lines that they forcibly take from the residents in the area. The discovery and seizure of the said camp in the area was made possible by the information provided by local populace and is a clear indication that enemy revolutionary organization has already alienated the people and the communities where they got their support through their forced extortion activities.

LTC Vestuir, 20IBís Commanding Officer commended his troops for a job well done. He likewise extends his thanks to the people of the area for the timely information provided to the soldiers. LTC Vestuir also calls for the fleeing Communist Terrorists to lay down their arms in order to once again live decent and normal lives along with their families.