Cops,soldiers found marijunana plantation near npa camp in sarangani

Published March 18, 2019, 7:33 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Aaron Recuenco

Security forces raided an alleged training camp of the New People’s Army (NPA)  in a remote area of Kiamba town of Sarangani and found out a marijuana plantation nearby.

PIO Acting Chief PSSUPT Bernard Banac (PNP / MANILA BULLETIN)
PIO Acting Chief PSSUPT Bernard Banac (PNP / MANILA BULLETIN)

Senior Supt. Bernardo Banac, spokesman of the Philippine National Police (PNP), said the operation stemmed from a confirmed intelligence report about the presence of armed men conducting training in a remote area of Barangay Nalus.

A joint police and military operatives then swooped down on the area on Sunday and clashed with more or less 15 communist rebels reportedly led by a certain Commander Gorio.

The rebels, however, fled after the brief clash. There were no reported casualties on both sides.

During the clearing, authorities found a camp which allegedly serves a meeting and training areas.

Seized were a Carbine, two .38 revolver, personal belongings, NPA flag and what authorities describe as subversive documents.

During the continuation of the clearing operation, Banac said policemen and soldiers found a marijuana plantation nearby.

“They discovered a marijuana plantation but the planted marijuana thereat were already uprooted by the enemies as evidenced by traces of marijuana plant holes and presence of marijuana dried plants with stalk, leaves, and seeds,” said Banac.

The 4,000-strong NPA has been waging almost five decades of armed struggle against the government. Attempts to strike a peace deal in various administrations would always bog down.