From UNTV News & Rescue (Apr 19, 2020): Phl Army seizes NPA’s temporary training ground in Iloilo (Maris Federez)
ILOILO, Philippines — The 61st Infantry (Hunter) Battalion of the Philippine Army (PA) has reported an encounter with more or less 40 CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs) believed to be members of Suyak (SDG) Platoon in Sitio Anoy, Barangay Cabalaunan, Miagao, Iloilo at about 10:20 in the morning, Saturday, April 18.
The Army said in a statement released on the same day that its troops were conducting combat operations in response to a report about the training of newly recruited CNTs in the area when the clash broke out.
The PA added that the firefight lasted for 35 minutes before the enemies scampered towards different directions leaving their dead comrade behind.
LtC. Joel Benedict G. Batara INF, the 61st IB Commanding Officer, said the troops captured one body count, seven personalities believed to be CNTs including 1 minor, age 14.
The troop also recovered one M1 Garand Rifle with live ammunitions, one KG9 sub-machine gun, one cal. 45 pistol, one cal. 45 pistol holster, two 12-gauge shotguns with 4 live ammunitions, one pistolized home-made shotgun, two IEDs, seven backpacks, two Bandolier, six NPA sweat shirts, two NPA flags, and subversive documents and medical paraphernalia.
“The CNTs are taking advantage of the current crisis and conducted massive recruitment and training among minors. Part of their training and test mission is to conduct tactical offensive against government forces and sabotage vital facilities. We will not allow those lawless elements to harass our forces helping to fight COVID19 virus,” LtC. Batara added.
The Army went further by commending the vigilance of the locals in reporting the presence of the CPP-NPA Terrorists in their area.
This resulted in what the Army referred to as successful deterrence of CPP-NPA’s terroristic activities.