By Francis Wakefield
Troops of the Army’s 85th Infantry Battalion overrun a New People’s Army (NPA) camp in Quezon province today following a brief encounter.
Government troops were conducting security operations after a tip from a civilian that a group of NPA rebels were extorting residents in Barangay Jongo, Lopez, Quezon when a firefight erupted on both sides at about 10 a.m.
Col. Elias Escharcha, commander of 201st Brigade, said there were 15 makeshift nipa huts on the said encampment.
The firefight lasted for 15 minutes. Recovered from the encounter were 3 high-powered firearms and a generator set.
The NPA terrorists were led by certain “Ka Mando”. Traces of blood were seen in the area where the enemies were located before they withdrew, while no one was hurt on the government side.
Maj. Gen. Rhoderick M. Parayno, commander of 2nd Infantry Division, is calling civilian communities to continue to be vigilant and report all extortion activities done by the NPA.
“The 2ID troops will continuously pursue its security operation in order to safeguard the communities against all forms of threat to peace and development,” Parayno said.