Army discovers abandoned NPA camp in Agusan del Sur

November 22, 2012 11:39 am 

MANILA, Nov. 22 – Troopers from the Philippine Army's 3rd Special Forces Battalion discovered an abandoned New People's Army (NPA) camp capable of housing 50 rebel fighters during patrol operations in the forested area of Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte early this week.

Recovered from the rebel base were empty bottles of dextrose and other medical items believed to be used by the NPAs in treating their comrades wounded in battle with government forces.

Lt. Col. Potenciano C. Camba, 3rd Special Forces Battalion commander, said the discovery of the abandoned rebel base highlights the military's success in making the area untenable for the communist guerrillas.

The Army has been conducting regular security patrols in the Kitcharao area to prevent rebel groups from attacking civilian settlements.

“The conduct of the pursuit operations by the military is to assure the populace in the area that the NPA can no longer sow terror to the community. However, we also appeal to these NPAs to let their wounded comrades have the proper medical attention they need by bringing them to the licensed medical practitioners in government hospitals," he stressed. (PNA)

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