Two more abandoned NPA camps discovered

GOVERNMENT troops on Monday discovered two more abandoned camp of New People’s Army (NPA) camps in the hinterlands of Western Samar province, military reports said yesterday.

The discovery of the abandoned rebel camp came as the Samar-based 8th Infantry Division (ID) of the Philippine Army intensified its security operations in Eastern Visayas, a known stronghold of communist rebels.

One of the abandoned camps was discovered by troops from the Bravo Company of the 34th Infantry Battalion in the vicinity of Brgy. Aguingayan in San Jose de Buan town in Western Samar.

The camp, the reports said, has 15 bunkers and several makeshift huts that can house up to 100 rebels.

Another abandoned rebel camp, with the same number of bunkers and make-shift huts, was later discovered by the same troops a few hundred meters away.

“The (intensified) campaign is to finally liberate the Samareños from long years of threats, intimidation, oppression and terroristic activities of the NPA,” Army chief Lt. Gen. Arturo Ortiz said in a text message to defense reporters.

Last month, around 11 NPA camps were overrun by government troops during their intensified combat operations in Samar provinces. Anthony Vargas

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