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Communist terrorists’ lair uncovered

Tacloban City (September 30) –- An abandoned Communist Terrorist encampment at Sitio Tugob, Barangay Mahayag, Ormoc city was discovered on September 26, 2006 by a platoon of combined elements of the Charlie Company and Headquarters Service company of the 19th Infantry Battalion under the command of Lt. Col. Lope Dagoy, a report from Major Mangyao of the 8th Infantry division of the Philippine Army revealed.

The discovery at 1:00 o’clock in the afternoon of the 26th, was the result of an information provided by a barangay official of Mahayag, Ormoc City who pinpointed the exact location of the enemy encampment. According to Lt Col Dagoy, the camp was located in a thickly forested area approximately five (5) kilometers away from the heart of Ormoc City.

Some barangay residents averred that the said camp was utilized by then slained Communist Terrorist Leader Bebiano Rentillosa alias Elmo and his group as staging point in their extortion activities in Ormoc City and the adjacent areas.

The area was likewise utilized as temporary shelter and hiding place of their new “minor” recruits trained to pose as letter couriers in their extortion rackets.

The military reported that recovered from the said camp was a long list of local officials, businessmen and sugarcane planters believed to be victims of their extortion activities. Also in the list are some personalities whose names are reportedly involved in illegal drug trade in the region. A gas stove with two (2) burners, improvised landmines, blasting caps, detonating cords, and voluminous communist documents of high intelligence value were also recovered.

Major General Rodrigo Maclang, Chief of the 8th Infantry Division, Philippine Army, commended the soldiers of the 19th Infantry Battalion fro a job well done. He likewise extends his appreciation and gratitude to the Barangay official who was instrumental in the discovery of the communist terrorist encampment and also to the people of Leyte who have been continuously giving their wholehearted support and cooperation to the 8th Infantry Division, Philippine Army.

“Without their support and cooperation, the military would not have been able to neutralize Communist Terrorist Leader Bebiano Rentillosa alias Elmo, one of the most wanted terrorists in Eastern Visayas,” Maclang added. (PIA 8) [top]

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