By DPAO, 8ID PA
April 9, 2016
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan Samar – An NPA camp was seized by 81st Reconnaissance Company under the supervision of 20th Infantry (We Lead) Battalion at Brgy Catoto-ogan, Las Navas, Northern Samar on April 6, 2016.
According to Lt Col. Hilarion Palma, commanding officer of 20th Infantry Battalion, the security patrols conducted by the troops led by 2Lt Jojo C Consorte PA are based on the information from civilian populace regarding the presence of armed groups believed to be the members of Eastern Visayas Regional Party Committee of CPP-NPA.
Recovered from the enemy camp are: ten (10) bunkers, four (4) observation posts, one (1) IED made of PVC pipe with 10” diameter and height, five (5) blasting caps, one (1) nine (9) volts battery, one (1) battery case, twelve (12) empty shells of AK47 rifle, twenty (20) empty shells of M16 rifle, personal belongings and foodstuff.
Lt Col. Palma said that the CPP/NPA repeatedly violated the prohibition or restriction of using anti-personnel mine as stated in the Ottawa treaty and the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) jeopardizing the safety of innocent and defenseless civilians specially the children.
20IB conducted dialogues (Pulong-pulong) to the populace of nearby barangays to ensure the safety and security of the populace and for the peaceful resolve of the conflict.
Major General Jet B Velarmino, Commander 8ID lauded the troops for their ultimate sacrifices and professionalism in protecting the community and its constituents in Eastern Visayas.