From the Manila Bulletin (Feb 13): NPA losing mass support in Panay
Two abandoned camps of the New People’s Army (NPA) have been unearthed by the Philippine Army in Iloilo province recently.
Lieutenant Colonel Enriqueto Deocadez Jr., commander of the 82nd Infantry Battalion, said government troops found the two camps in the southern Iloilo towns of Miag-ao and Tubungan while on security patrol.
The two combined camps was able to accommodate 85 people. The camps also had observation posts, restrooms, kitchens, and even a classroom.
For the army on Panay Island, this is an indication that the NPA’s strength is waning.
“They continue to lose their grounds and mass support,” said Colonel Eric Uchida, commander of the 301st Brigade (301 IB).
According to records of 3rd Infantry Division (3ID), a total of 42 camps were discovered last year. Major General Rey Leonardo Guerrero, 3ID commander, said 24 camps were discovered in Negros Island while the remaining 18 camps were in Panay Island.