From DWDD AFP Civil Relations Service Radio Website (Jul 30): ENCOUNTER | NOLCOM Troops Seize NPA camp in Cordillera
CAMP GEN SERVILLANO AQUINO, Tarlac City (DWDD) – Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM) Army forces encountered the Communist NPA Terrorist Group (CNTG) in the province of Abra last July 25, 2018.
Two (2) Division Reconnaissance Companies (DRCs), both the 71st DRC and 73rd DRC under the Joint Task Force (JTF) “KAUGNAY”, eventually encountered a group of fifteen (15) New People’s Army (NPA) during the conduct of combat operations in the mountains of Barangay. Tabacda, Tubo, Abra as a response to the reports provided by the locals regarding the presence of armed group thereat.
Undetermined number of casualties were incurred on the NPA side under the Komiteng Larangang Gerilya (KLG) “AMPIS”, while no casualty on the government troops was reported during a fifteen (15) minute firefight, forcing the terrorist group to withdraw.
In a separate incident, an NPA encampment, which can accommodate MOL 30 Communist Terrorists, was found and seized in the vicinity of Besao, Mountain Province at 9:00 in the morning of July 23, 2018 (Monday) by the 81st Infantry Battalion (81IB), also under JTF “KAUGNAY”.
Recovered in the abandoned NPA camp, which is believed to be used by the terrorist group as their clinic, were a Nipa Hut, blasting caps and gauze pads.
It is noted that both locations are adjacent areas situated in the provincial tri-boundaries of Abra-Mountain Province-Ilocos Sur where the NPA continue to deceive and exploit the illiterate masses.
NOLCOM forces will sustain its collaboration with the Local Government Units (LGUs) and other stakeholders in keeping peace in the area. NOLCOM will also be relentless campaign against NPA and eventually force them to abandon their armed struggle and take a peaceful means in resolving the root causes of insurgency. NOLCOM / JTF Kaugnay / MCAG