COMBINED police and military troops on Wednesday overrun another New People’s Army camp in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro which was abandoned by its heavily-armed occupants following a gunbattle, Police Regional Office 4-B director, Brigadier General Tomas C. Apolinario Jr. said yesterday.
According to the Mimaropa police director, patrolling members of the 405th Company of the PRO4-B Regional Mobile Force Battalion and the Army’s 76th Infantry Battalion and 203rd Brigade encountered the guerrillas in Sitio Pusog, Barangay Ligaya in Sablayan municipality following a tip from a concerned citizen.
It turned out that the citizen reported to local authorities the presence of around 20 armed NPA rebels said to be demanding food and money in their village.
Apolinario said that the security troops immediately launched a combat operation in the area where they initially discovered an abandoned temporary encampment. He said that while following the trail left by the gunmen, the security forces eventually encountered the guerrillas.
He said that no one was hurt on the side of the government. Troops however reported the discovery of bloodstains on the guerrilla positions triggering speculations many of them were wounded in the clash.
Apolinario said that troops recovered one M-16 automatic rifle, three bandoleers, two cellular phones, four backpacks, one set of camouflage uniform, five improvised explosive devices, electrical wires, medical paraphernalia, food stuffs, personal belongings and a huge volume of suspected NPA documents with high-intelligence value at the scene. He added that ground troops backed up by a K-9 unit and Air Force helicopters are still tracking down the gunmen as of press time.