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Commentary: NPA terrorists have nowhere to hide in Leyte

Tacloban City (December 18) -- With its firm resolve to insure that the NPA terrorists will have nowhere to hide in Leyte, the army troopers fro the 83rd Reconnaissance Company led by first lieutenant Guillermo Maabute Jr. destroyed without any firefight a CPP-NPA-NDF camp at the vicinity of Sitio Barucan, Barangay Libertad of Ormoc City at about 6:00 o'clock in the morning on December 6, 2006.

Reports coming from First Lieutenant Mario Jose Chico of the 8th Infrantry Division stated that the communist terrorists, upon sensing the presence of the troopers, fled for fear of armed engagement with the more disciplined and more equipped and highly trained combat unit of the 8th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army.

After scouring the area, the government troopers recovered one (1) M1 garand rifle with five (5) clips full of ammunitions, one hundred twenty-three rounds of ammunition for M14 rifle, four (4) sacks of rice, ten (10) kilos of dried fish, ten (10) kilos of sugar, two (2) backpacks with hammocks, voluminous propaganda materials and subversive documents of high intelligence value.

The Military attributes the successful operations of the Army troopers to the information relayed by the concerned civilian residents of Ssition Barucan who complained of being helpless victims of the massive extortion activities perpetrated by the communist terrorist group CPP-NPA-NDF represented in the region by the erstwhile priest, Fr. Santiago Salas.

The military said that with their camps destroyed, with the full force of the law and the wrath of the enlightened civilian populace who are now wholeheartedly and actively cooperating with the 8th Infantry Division troopers going against them, the communist terrorists in Leyte will have nowhere to hide.

Major General Rodrigo Maclang, commanding general of the 9th Infantry Division expressed his commendations for the troops led by first Lieutenant Mabute, for their good performance in line of duty ensuring the security of the civilian populace, ever protecting them from the evil deeds of the communist terrorists.

General Maclang also reiterated his remarks when he first assumed his current post, that the government's offer of peace is sincere, and the government is hopeful to receiving an equally sincere response. For those who choose to wage war and ignore the call, General Maclang said " we will give them a good one? a fight that is swift and decisive." (PIA 8) [top]

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