BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Army soldiers seized a temporary camp of the New People’s Army, following two encounters on October 1 in remote sitios of Brgys. Carabalan and Buenavista, Himamaylan City. The operations yielded high-powered firearms and explosives left behind by the fleeing rebels.
Lt. Col. Angelo Guzman, 94th Infantry Battalion commander, yesterday said that the first encounter ensued at about 9 a.m. Friday, when his troops responded to reports of civilians that NPA rebels were putting up explosives at Sitio Cunalom in Brgy. Carabalan, Himamaylan City.
While saturating the area, Guzman said communist rebels detonated two anti-personnel mines. Fortunately, no one was hurt among the soldiers, he added.
This was followed by about five minutes of gun battle, which prompted the rebels to scamper in various directions, leaving behind an M16 assault rifle with a magazine containing ammunition.
Several hours later, Guzman said that the blocking force of the 94IB also figured in another gun battle at Sitio Lanap in Barangay Buenavista, Himamaylan City.
While pursuing the fleeing rebels, he said the 94IB soldiers recovered an M14 rifle, two fragmentation grenades, assorted ammunition, two hand-held radios, a back pack, solar panel, power bank, subversive documents and personal belongings from the encounter site.
In a statement, Maj. Gen. Benedict Arevalo, 3rd Infantry Division commander, also lauded the 94IB for spoiling the NPA atrocities, as indicated by the discovery of explosives planted and detonated by rebels in those areas.
Arevalo said that CPP-NPA in Negros wants to project that they are still a force to reckon with, by using anti-personnel mines to inflict greater damage, which he said a clear violation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL).*