From the Philippine Information Agency (Apr 25, 2020): 20IB overruns NPA lair, seizes high powered firearms in Northern Samar (By PIA-8 and 20IB)
TACLOBAN CITY, Apr. 25 (PIA) -- Troops from the 20th Infantry (WE LEAD) Battalion, 8th Infantry Division overran a Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) lair and seized high powered firearms and other war materials, in an encounter at the vicinity of Brgy. P. Rebadulla, Catubig, Northern Samar about 3 p.m. of April 23, 2020.
Based on the initial report from Lieutenant Colonel Juan A Gullem, commanding officer of the 20IB, his troops, while responding to the local residents’ complaint about the CTG’s continued interruption on the completion of government projects in the Pacific towns, engaged the CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs) in a 20-minute firefight which led the rebels to abandon the said lair and withdraw towards the mountainous area of the said barangay.
The report stated that said enemy lair can accommodate more or less 40 CNTs and has one (1) multi-purpose hall, 11 bunkers, 19 makeshift tents, a toilet, kitchen and three (3) guard posts.
The troops seized two (2) M14 rifles; one (1) AK47 with four (4) magazines; one (1) M16 rifle with seven (7) magazines; one (1) M653; one (1) Cal. 22 (rifle converted); 12 IEDs; one (1) hand grenade; three (3) bandoliers; one (1) Baofeng radio with charger; one (1) cellular phone; 20 backpacks, assorted medical supplies, and subversive documents with high intelligence value.
No casualty was reported on the government side while there are undetermined casualties on the enemy’s side as evidenced by the bloodstains found along their route of withdrawal.
Hon. Edwin Marino Ongchuan, Governor of Northern Samar Province remarked, “The dedication of uniformed men, on the face of this COVID-19 public health emergency is commendable. It clearly attests to the seriousness of our government forces in crushing the enemies of the state. We denounce this act of atrocity and all other acts by individuals or groups who take advantage of this COVID health crisis, to sow fear and disorder in the community.”
Colonel Lowell R. Tan, commander of the 803rd Infantry (PEACEMAKER) Brigade, in his statement said, “The overwhelming support of the populace who are already fed up of the rebels’ assaults and atrocities provided our security forces timely information leading to a successful operation that brings us one step closer to peace and prosperity.” (PIA-8/20IB)