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• GILBERT P. BAYORAN

War material recovered by 79IB soldiers at the seized rebel camp in Brgy. Cambayobo, Calatrava.* PA photo

Army soldiers yesterday seized a temporary encampment of New People’s Army remnants in northern Negros, following an encounter in Sitio Martesan, Brgy. Cambayobo, Calatrava, Negros Occidental.

An encounter that lasted about five minutes between eight remnants of the dismantled Northern Negros Front, also known as the Roselyn Jean Pelle Command, led to the recovery of war materials, including a .30 caliber M1 garand rifle, a carbine rifle with two magazines containing 21 ammunition, a .38 caliber revolver, two rifle grenades, a handheld Baofeng radio, two cellular phones, assorted food supplies and medicines.

In a statement, Lt. Col. Arnel Calaoagan, 79IB commander, reported that soldiers who were scouring the abandoned rebel lair also discovered traces of bloodstains along the rebels’ withdrawal routes.

None of the 79IB soldiers involved was hurt, he said.

Calaoagan further said that the encounter was a clear manifestation of the relentless efforts of the 79IB to hunt down and bring justice to the victims of NPA brutal killing spree in northern Negros.*

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