A senior military official said he believes that they were able to foil attempts of the New People’s Army to conduct terroristic activities following the discovery and seizure of a rebel camp and war materials in central Negros.
Maj. Gen Eric Vinoya, 3rd Infantry Division commander, said yesterday that the recovery of an Improvised Explosive Device, M16 assault and ammunition left behind by fleeing rebels, who abandoned their camp in Brgy. Buenavista, Himamaylan City, are strong evidences that the rebels were planning to conduct atrocities.
Hence, the Army in Negros will be more fierce and relentless in dealing with local communist terrorists, not only to prevent them from causing terror but also to make their armed struggle forever irrelevant, he said.
Three suspected NPA rebels recently died in an encounter with the 94th Infantry Battalion troopers in Bindoy, Negros Oriental, while two rebel leaders surrendered to the 15th Infantry Battalion in Cauayan, on top of another NPA member, who surrendered firearms to the 62nd Infantry Battalion in Himamaylan City, in the past two weeks.
Vinoya, who congratulated the Negros-based Army soldiers for a job well done, also lauded Negrenses for their support to the Philippine Army in providing timely information.
“We cannot win this fight without your support, thus, we need your watchful eyes to trace and hunt these communist terrorists,” he added.*
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