COTABATO CITY: The military in North Cotabato on Sunday discovered a major encampment of the communist New People’s Army (NPA), authorities here said.
Col. Nilo Vinluan, 57th Infantry Battalion commanding officer, said soldiers belonging to the Bravo Company of 57th IB were conducting patrol when they found the abandoned lair in Barangay Don Panaca.
No rebel was found in the camp but it has plenty of rebel paraphernalia.
Vinluan said it also has a dozen fox holes and perimeter security outposts.
“It was so big that it can accommodate at least 300 persons in any given time,” Vinluan said.
The Army official said the camp could be a major camp for combined forces of the NPA Guerrilla Fronts 51, 52 and 54.
“We don’t know exactly the reasons why the rebels left the place,” Vinluan said. He theorized though that the guerrillas might think of an Army offensive after two NPA guerrillas surrendered to military authorities last week.
But he admitted the surrenderees provided the Army with high value intelligence information.
“We have vital information provided to us by two NPAs who returned to the folds of the law,” he said.
The camp was located near the foot of the country’s highest peak – Mt. Apo. PNA