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Military uncovers NPA training camps in East Samar

Tacloban City (June 14) -- Major General Armando L Cunanan, AFP, Commanding General of the 8th Infantry Division commended the elements of the Charlie Company of the 14th Infantry Battalion led by Second Lieutenant Estabilo, for their successful operation on June 10, 2007, that resulted to the discovery of two NPA camps believed to be training grounds of the New People's Army in Barangay Boco, Can-avid, Eastern Samar.

General Cunanan also expressed his gratitude to the civilian populace in the area for their utmost cooperation and support to the military. He said that without the support of the people, the military will not be able to successfully fulfill their mission of protecting the nation from threats that have eaten up its resources and hindered lasting economic growth.

Major Othelo D. Yanez of the 8th Infantry Division at Camp Lukban said that news reaching 8ID headquarters revealed that the elements of the Charlie Company were responding to a reported presence of fully armed men when they discovered said NPA camps.

The first enemy safehouse was discovered near the Cagabaca creek in barangay Boco of Can-avid while the other camp was found to be located at same barangay not far from where the first camp was.

The first camp, it was reported, could accommodate more or less twenty (20) persons while the second camp is composed of four (4) halls, three (3) kitchens, six (6) out posts, four (4) comfort rooms and a training ground that can accommodate more or less two hundred persons.

Initial reports received revealed that the NPA has abandoned said camps due to the intensified pursuit operations being conducted by the military in the area.

Major Yanez said the troops are still conducting pursuit operations in the area to track down scampering members of the New People's Army. (PIA 8) [top]

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