By Liezle Basa Inigo
FORT MAGSAYSAY, Nueva Ecija – Joint elements of the Army’s 91st Infantry Battalion (91IB) and the Nueva Ecija Police Provincial Office (NEPPO) discovered an abandoned New People’s Army (NPA) hideout in Sitio Dupinga, Barangay Ligaya in Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija.
Major Amado Gutierrez, chief of the public affairs office of the Seventh Infantry Division (7th ID) said, government troops were conducting combat operations when they found out the NPA lair that could accommodate around 50 persons.
Buried and found within the premises were an M16 rifle upper receiver group, and 400 rounds of ammunition for M14 rifle.
According to Lieutenant Colonel Reandrew P. Rubio, Acting Commanding Officer of 91IB, the discovery of the bandits’ hideout was a result of the “intensified combat operations” of all 7th Infantry Division (7ID) units, as ordered by 7ID Commander Brigadier General Alfredo V. Rosario, Jr.
The directive was issued in light of the NPA bandits’ attack against government troops who were securing the local government unit of Maria Aurora’s relief activities, in relation to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) response activities in Barangay Diaat last April 21, which resulted in the killing of two soldiers and wounding of three others.