• Security forces locate, seize three Samar rebel lairs

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    GOVERNMENT security forces have captured three more New People’s Army (NPA) camps in Samar province.

    Capt. Amado Gutierrez, spokesman, 8th Infantry Division, on Monday said the camps were located in the hinterland villages of Northern Samar.

    The first camp, he said, was discovered by elements of Bravo Company, 63rd Infantry (Innovator) Battalion led by 2Lt. Pan-oy while conducting security patrol at the outskirts of Brgy. Lakandula and Brgy. Poponton, Las Navas, Northern Samar.

    The area had been abandoned two days before its discovery.

    On August 16, 2013, the same troops discovered and took another abandoned NPA camp located in between Brgy. Cuenca and Brgy. Poponton, Las Navas, Northern Samar.

    The camp has 40 makeshift bunkers, two comfort rooms and two kitchens.

    Troops scoured and recovered assorted kitchen utensils, marinated carabeef and assorted vegetables. The camp was assessed to have been abandoned by rebels hours before it was discovered.

    The third camp was captured by troops from the 20 Infantry Battalion in San Isidro, Northern Samar after a 30-minute firefight.

    Recovered were subversive documents of high intelligence value and personal belongings. The seized camp has 20 makeshift bunkers.

    Lt Col. Rey Anthony M. Tumaliuan, Commanding Officer of 20IB, disclosed that prior to the incident, a local resident informed one of his troops that a group of armed men led by a certain Ka “Betor” was seen at the outskirts of the said barangay collecting food stuffs and other logistics from residents.

    He said that since January this year, focused military operations, sustained social pressure and “Bayanihan” Team activities in the conflict-affected areas in the region have demoralized the enemy ranks resulting in surrender of many rebels and seizure of enemy camps.

    Reached for comment, Major General Gerardo T. Layug, Commander, 8th Infantry Division, said: “The series of encounters, seizures of NPA camps, surrender of rebels and apprehension of hard core insurgents are products of all stakeholders’ concerted effort, cooperation and collaboration in the true spirit of ‘Bayanihan’. It’s not too late for our misguided compatriots to lay down their arms and rejoin the mainstream of society where opportunities await everyone.”

    Meanwhile, another NPA regular operating in Eastern Samar surrendered to 52nd Infantry (Cafgu) Battalion stationed at Barangay Polangi, Taft, Eastern Samar.

    On his return to mainstream society, Ka Luis also turned over his M16 service rifle.

    Under the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Guns for Peace Program, he will receive P45,000 as remuneration for the M16 rifle he surrendered.

    He is also entitled to receive immediate financial assistance of P15,000 and livelihood assistance not exceeding P50,000 under the Comprehensive Local Integration Program that is being implemented by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process.

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