By Franco Regala
CAMP AQUINO, Tarlac City – Military troops of Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM) discovered an encampment used by the Communist NPA Terrorist Group (CNTG) in Sitio Mabungtot, Brgy Ud-udiao, Sal-lapadan in the province of Abra at 7:45 of July 1.
Lt. Col. Isagani Nato, NOLCOM spokesperson said the New People’s Army (NPA) campsite was found while Army soldiers of the 24th Infantry Battalion (24IB) of the Joint Task Force (JTF) “KAUGNAY” were conducting Focused Military Operations (FMO).
He said the abandoned encampment about a hundred square meters is located in a densely vegetated area that can accommodate eighteen (18) NPA terrorists.
Found at the encampment were personal belongings of female NPA members, medicine, and food sachets.
Nato said NOLCOM troops will continue to keep the enemies of the state on the run to deprive them of the opportunity to recruit new members, extort from the people and execute its hostile plans that will endanger the lives of the security forces and the civilians. Nato said NOLCOM also recognizes the important role of the community to make the counter-insurgency effort more sustainable and meaningful in attaining lasting peace.