Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija – A newly abandoned New People’s Army (NPA) bandits’ hideout was discovered by joint elements of the Army’s 91st Infantry “Sinagtala” Battalion (91IB), 1st Provincial Mobile Force Company, Nueva Ecija Police Provincial Office (NEPPO) and the 3rd Regional Mobile Force Battalion while conducting combat operations at Sitio Dupinga, Brgy. Ligaya, Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija on April 22, 2020.
The NPA lair could accommodate around 50 persons. Buried and found within the premises are: one (1) M16 rifle upper receiver group, 400 rounds of ammunition for M14 rifle, three (3) water gallons containing rice, and one (1) large cooking pot.
According to Lieutenant Colonel Reandrew P. Rubio, Acting Commanding Officer of 91IB, the discovery of the bandits’ hideout is a result of the “intensified combat operations” of all 7th Infantry ‘Kaugnay’ Division (7ID) units, as ordered by Brigadier General Alfredo V. Rosario, Jr., the 7ID Commander.
The directive was given in light of the NPA bandits’ attack against government troops who were securing the local government unit of Maria Aurora’s relief activities, in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic in Barangay Diaat of said town on 21 April 2020, which resulted to the killing of two (2) soldiers and wounding of another three (3).
Commenting on the operational gains of 91IB, Colonel Andrew D. Costelo, Commander of the Army’s 703rd Brigade said that he expects “more positive results in the days to come, as the Army will not allow the NPA bandits to take advantage of the current health crisis the country is facing by collecting supplies and cash assistance intended for our needy people”.
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