8ID troops seize NPA
explosive factory in Samar
By DPAO, 8ID PA
Catbalogan City – Government troops seized an NPA explosive factory
in the hinterlands of the Municipality of Paranas, Samar in the early
morning of March 5.
While the soldiers
performed community work in the barangays of Paranas, some residents
informed the soldiers of an existing explosive production facility by
the NPA in an area at the boundary of Barangays Santo Niño and
Pagsanjan. According to the residents, their safety is threatened by
the illegal activity not only because it is illegal but also because
the explosives the NPA produce is used to destroy innocent lives and
Guided by concerned
residents in the locality, the soldiers reached the vicinity of the
suspected camp at about 5AM of March 5.
The NPA manning in the
camp were caught off-guard with the arrival of the soldiers prompting
them to engage in a brief firefight as they escaped. In the course of
the armed engagement, Sergeant Freddie C Gusoso was hit at the thigh.
The soldiers eventually overran the camp and seized the following war
- 44 pieces improvised landmines;
- One unit machine for landmine production;
- 20 pieces blasting caps with detonating cords;
- Assorted explosive production paraphernalia;
- One B40 type rocket launcher;
- One improvised round for B40 type rocket launcher;
- One M16 Rifle with SN:189748
Sergeant Gusoso was
safely evacuated to
RTR Hospital in
Tacloban City for medical treatment.
The soldiers are now
investigating the recovered pieces of evidence from the site with the
help of the local PNP and the community.
With the volume and
quality of explosives recovered and the geographic location of Samar
Island, MajGen. Mario Chan, the Commander of 8ID believes that the
seized NPA explosive factory has produced landmines for NPA terrorists
in the Bicol Region and Northern Mindanao.