Another NPA Camp
seized by government troops in Northern Samar
By 20th Infantry Battalion,
February 4, 2013
BRGY. MAGSAYSAY, Lope de
Vega, Northern Samar – A newly abandoned communist terrorist’s
temporary camp was recently discovered by government security forces
at Barangay Luisita, Victoria, Northern Samar just this morning at
around 7:30 in the morning.
Lieutenant Colonel Noel A
Vestuir, 20IB’s Commanding Officer, in his report to 803rd Brigade
Commander, Colonel Rolando Malinao, said the camp was seized by the
troops of Charlie Company, 20IB led by 1LT Florencio Tayo.
The camp can accommodate
more or less fifteen communist terrorists and has just been abandoned
by the CTs as they evade armed engagement with the operating troops.
The camp has also a strong signal for globe and is near a water
source. The camp was discovered after 20IB has launched sustained
combat operations in the area of Victoria and San Isidro in response
to the reported presence of communist terrorists in the area as
tipped-in by the peace-loving residents.
According to LTC Vestuir,
persistent reports were monitored regarding the presence of
unidentified armed men in the hinterland barangays of Victoria and San
Isidro towns collecting food stuffs from the residents. Vestuir added
that the group was possibly in the area to enforce their Permit to
Campaign (PTC) and Permit to Win (PTW) to some candidates running for
local posts during this forthcoming 2013 election.
As can be recalled, another
camp was also seized by 20IB last week in Catarman. According to LTC
Vestuir, “the continuous discovery of NPA camps was made possible
through the support of the residents in the area. Through their
information, our troops were able to pinpoint and find the location of
their camps that serve as a staging ground for their terroristic
activities. The information provided by the populace 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”.
The seizure of the said NPA
encampment is a big blow to the CTs considering that we have denied
them of their safe haven and sanctuary and once again proven that the
people are with us in our pursuit for peace in this part of the
country”, Vestuir concluded.