Army troops seize NPA camp in Lacub, Abra
by Maritess Beņas
Lacub, Abra (12 November) -- Operating troops from the 41st Infantry Battalion headed by Lt.Col. Noel P Baluyan attacked and seized a large communist terrorists encampment near a mining area at Sitio Sap-al, Barangay Buneg, Lacub, Abra last November 10, 2010.
A brief firefight ensued as the New People's Army (NPA) terrorists tried to hold their ground but later withdrew towards the forested area leaving behind their firearms and supplies.
In his report, Baluyan, confirmed the troops were able to recover firearms and Improvised Explosive devices (IEDs); one M16 rifle, one shotgun, three Claymore mines, and several weapons accessories.
In addition, computer equipment and accessories were likewise seized from the camp indicating their conduct of trainings with a big number of audience; one Laptop computer, one Multi Media (In focus) Projector, one Computer printer, one Portable Amplifier, dozens of HH radio antennae, Handheld radio rechargeable batteries, one guitar and assorted CDs; and one mini hydro dynamo which they use as their source of electrical power.
A stockpile of food and medical supplies were also discovered. There were 12 sacks rice, several boxes of dextrose, and assorted medicines.
Voluminous subversive documents with instructional tarpaulins and communist flags were also unearthed.
Reports said small scale miners and civilians from the area have long been bothered by the extortion activities of the NPA terrorists that prompted them to report the presence of the camp.
This encampment, according to local sources, was the staging point of the NPA terrorists in conducting their activities such as extortion of businessmen, mayors, sangguniang bayan members, barangay chairmen and peasant farmers in nearby villages and the whole province.
One of the informants from Lacub lamented the NPA terrorists did not care about the poor farmers in the area. They reportedly demanded rice from each household and worst they even ordered the local folks to carry the sacks of rice to their encampment. The captured mini-hydro dynamo was also said to have been donated by non-government organizations supposedly for the purpose of servicing the residents of remote barangays of Lacub that are off-grid.
The stockpile of medicines are maybe being used to treat their wounded. Follow-up reports stated NPA terrorists have brought their wounded during the encounter at Licuan-Baay area last October 30, 2010 at Lacub area for medication.
Meanwhile, Col Danny Pabunan, Commanding Officer of the 503rd Brigade urged the wounded NPAs to surrender to the folds of the law so that they could be treated properly. (PIA-Abra) [top]