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Report of barangay tanod leads 8ID troopers to NPA lair in Leyte

Tacloban City (September 8) -- A report from a barangay tanod led the elements of the 43rd Infantry Battallion under the operational control of the 19th Infantry Battalion led by Lt. Colonel Henry Bumiltac to encounter a group of communist terrorist remnants at the vicinity of Sitio Capitungan, Brgy. Tapol, Leyte, Leyte at 5:00 o'clock in the morning on September 2, 2007.

Major Othelo Yanez informed that a five minute firefight ensued causing the communist terrorists to withdraw in different directions. No casualty was reported on both sides.

However, the communist terrorists remnants were believed to have suffered injuries as evidenced by the traces of bloodstains on their route of withdrawal.

Government troopers recovered one M16 rifle with serial number 004084 and one magazine with nine ammunitions, Major Yanez said.

The barangay tanod reported the presence of communist terrorists in the area allegedly led by Alias Jordan, the commanding officer of NEPAL Squad of the communist terrorists operating in Northern Leyte.

The local residents exclaimed that they are already fed up of the continued extortion, coercion and unfulfilled promises by the CPP/NPA leaders.

This confirms the information revealed by the NPA surrenderees who are cooperating well with the government authorities.

Maj. Gen. Armando L. Cunanan, the Commanding General of the 8th Infantry Division commended the troops for its continued vigilance in protecting the people in order to achieve lasting peace and development in the region.

The series of Internal Security Operations in the region revealed numerous Communist Terrorists' abandoned camps. The discovery of these abandoned CT Camps and the arrest of Joma Sison, the head of CPP/NPA in Netherlands recently, show that the CPP/NPA organization is now crumbling and getting weak, the military official said. (PIA 8) [top]

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