Troops discover abandoned rebel training camp in Iloilo mountain

GOVERNMENT troops have discovered Thursday morning an abandoned training camp of New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in a mountain village in Iloilo province, military reports said Friday.

Reports at Camp Aguinaldo, the military general headquarters in Manila, said that the rebel training was discovered by troops of the 82nd Infantry Battalion at a remote area of Leon town of Iloilo province.

Major Enrico Gil Ileto, information officer of army’s 3rd Infantry Division, said that the camp was believed to have been abandoned by rebels following recent clash between army troops and NPA rebels in the province.

The recent clash between government troops and NPA rebels also resulted in the killing of Pfc John Philip Durana, prompting the military to mount aggressive pursuit operations against the rebels.

The army official said the camp was situated behind mountainous terrain, thick vegetation and trees and can be reached by hours of trek from the nearest roads of Brgys. Bucari, Danao and Cagay of said town.

Ileto said that the discovered rebel camp has several foxholes, kitchens, three makeshift classrooms and a water supply similar to two other camps overrun by troops in Panay Island last month.

“We believe this is a training camp. We owe this discovery of the camp to the people who we serve especially those in the hinterlands,” said Lt. Colonel Aldwine Almase, commander of the 82nd Infantry Battalion.


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