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Army troops overrun communist terrorist camp in Lacub, Abra

San Fernando City, Pampanga (12 November) -- Operating troops belonging to 41IB, 5ID, PA attacked and overrun a large NPA or Communist Terrorists encampment near a mining area at Sitio Sap-al, Barangay Buneg, Lacub, Abra yesterday morning, November 9. A brief firefight ensued as the terrorists tried to hold their ground but later withdrew towards the forested area leaving behind their firearms and supplies.

Reports from Lieutenant Colonel Noel P Baluyan, the Commanding Officer of 41IB, confirmed that the troops were able to recover firearms and Improvised Explosive devices (IEDs); one (1) M16 rifle, one (1) shotgun, three (3) 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 (1) Laptop computer, one (1) Multi Media (In focus) Projector, one (1) Computer printer, one (1) Portable Amplifier, dozens of HH radio antennae, Handheld radio rechargeable batteries, one (1) Guitar and assorted CDs. One (1) mini hydro Dynamo was also seized which they use as their source of electrical power. A stockpile of food and medical supplies were also discovered; twelve (12) sacks rice, Several Boxes of dextrose, assorted medicines and one (1) box bath soap. Voluminous subversive documents with instructional tarpaulins and communist flags were unearthed. Accordingly, miners and civilians from the area have been bothered by the extortion activities of the NPA terrorists that prompted them to report the presence of encampment.

This encampment, as stated, 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 disclosed that the NPA terrorists did not care about the poor farmers in the area, they demanded rice from each household and worst they ordered the locals to carry the sacks of rice to encampment. No wonder, they had 12 sacks of rice stocked in the camp. In addition, the captured mini-hydro dynamo was said to have been donated by NGOs purposely for the remote barangays of Lacub that were not reached by the ABRECO power lines.

The stockpile of medical supplies also indicates that they attempted to treat their wounded comrades from the recent skirmish at Licuan-Baay area last October 30. Follow-up reports after that skirmish stated that the NPA terrorists have brought their wounded at Lacub area for medication.

In an official visit by Honorable Estelita Bersamina, the Mayor of Lacub, to the Headquarters of 503rd Bde yesterday afternoon, she stated that the people are asking her to increase the security forces in Lacub to evict the NPA terrorists in her municipality. Asked about her stand in the presence of NPA terrorists and the recent encounter, "We have always wanted those NPAs out of Lacub so that we can proceed with our programs in the barangays", she said. Col Danny Pabunan, the Commander of 503rd Bde, likewise said that he will support the LGU of Lacub. Further, he said the Army is also willing to extend help to those wounded NPAs for their medication if they are willing to return to the folds of the law. (NOLCOM thru PIA 3) [top]

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