Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Rebel camp seized in Himamaylan

From the Visayan Daily Star (May 28, 2020): Rebel camp seized in Himamaylan

Soldiers of the 94th Infantry Battalion yesterday seized a third camp of the New People’s Army-this time in Sitio Mabunga, Brgy. Buenavista, Himamayan City, Negros Occidental.

Lt. Col. Angelo Guzman, 943th Infantry Battalion commander, said that the newly discovered rebel camp could accommodate about 100 persons. He also raised the possibility that it could be a training area for recruits.

The abandoned rebel camp has three security outposts, battle positions, a noticeable formation area, makeshift classrooms, kitchen, barracks, with some improvised training facilities.

Guzman said the discovery of another rebel camp was an offshoot of their two weeks of combat and clearing operations.

A solar panel, training materials, and paraphernalia were among the items left behind and recovered at the rebel camp.

On May 13, 94IB troopers discovered a camp of the NPA in Sitio Bunsad of the same barangay, that yielded an Improvised Explosive Device andan AK-47 assault rifle ammunition.

More than a week after, another NPA camp was also discovered at Sitio Lower Olitao in the same barangay, which indicated that the hinterlands of Brgy. Buenavista in Himamaylan City is being frequented by NPA rebels.

Col. Inocencio Pasaporte, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, said that rebel presence is detrimental to the progress of the barangay and consequently, of Himamaylan City as a whole.*

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