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Army troops discover NPA camp in Ilocos Norte

Camp Melchor F dela Cruz, Upi, Gamu, Isabela (27 September) -- Army troops from the 50th Infantry Battalion, under the direction of its Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Roy T. De Vesa, while conducting combat patrol discovered an abandoned NPA communist terrorists camp in Barangay Barangobong, Nueva Era, Ilocos Norte at about 4:30PM on September 25, 2007.

The troops led by 2Lt. Jimmy M. Bahil were conducting combat patrol in the periphery of the said village to verify the reports that NPA communist terrorists still linger in the area. The troops walked from one barrio to another and tried to elicit some information from the residents about any truth regarding the report. The troops gained ground when a concerned citizen pinpointed the NPA encampment.

The troops walked and bared a trail covered with bamboo shoots, which was revealed earlier by the civilian. The soldiers reached the encampment and discovered that it was abandoned.

The camp is composed of a large hut along the center, which is believed to be where the NPAs conduct their lecture; ten (10) makeshift huts, which can accommodate about 20 to 30 persons; a kitchen; and a spring water source nearby. Black propaganda materials and other kitchen utensils were found inside the camp. Also discovered was a T-shirt with a communist seal and a marking of the name "LIBRON," which happens to be in the AFP order of battle as an SYP member under KLG-Najera, operating in the said province.

Maj. Gen. Melchor J. Dilodilo commended the troops who painstakingly hiked the plains in the area to reach the NPA encampment. The abandoned NPA camp is a clear indication that the number of members of the Ilocos Cagayan Regional Committee of the communist terrorists NPA has been greatly reduced. (5ID-PA) [top]

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