Gov’t troops overrun communist rebels’ hideout in Ifugao; war materials found

Published May 24, 2022, 8:17 PM

by Zaldy Comanda

CAMP DANGWA, Benguet — A hideout of the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) was discovered along with war materials after a brief encounter with personnel of Alpha Company of the Philippine Army’s 54th Infantry Battalion on Tuesday (May 23) morning in Asipulo town, Ifugao. 

Capt. Marnie Abellanida, deputy information officer of the Police Regional Office-Cordillera, said that based on the report sent to them by the PA, around 9:20 a.m. the soldiers led by 2nd Lt. Joseph Johnster Santander encountered undetermined numbers of CTG’s in Sitio Likew in Barangay Namal, Asipulo, Ifugao.

The CTG group was believed to be operating in the tri-boundaries of Abra, Mt. Province and Ilocos Sur.

According to Abellanida, the Asipulo Municipal Police Station personnel conducted follow-up coordination with the soldiers and while pursuing the fleeing rebels, they discovered abandoned war materials and equipment at the encounter site.

The soldiers recovered four pieces of Anti-Personnel Mines (APM) with 40-meter wire, 20 pieces of blasting caps; a jungle pack; medical kit, a cell phone and subversive documents.

Personnel of the 1st Company of the Provincial and Regional Mobile Force Battalion immediately conducted a checkpoint on the possible passage of the rebels in Sitio Bahag, Antipolo, Asipulo, Ifugao.