CAMP CAPINPIN, Tanay, Rizal: Government forces have dismantled the possible headquarters of New People’s Army - Southern Tagalog after a 30-minute firefight on Thursday at Barangay Manoot, Rizal, Occidental Mindoro.
According to the Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Battalion, among those items recovered from the site was one M16 rifle, one Cal .38 pistol, eight anti-personnel mines, IED components, live ammunition, foodstuff, personal effects, and enemy documents with high intelligence value.
According to Lt. Col. Alexander Arbolado, Commanding Officer of 4IB, around 20 NPA members tried to defend the area which could accommodate around 60 persons.
Arbolado said that there was no casualty recorded on the part of government forces,
“We believe that the enemy suffered numerous injuries and deaths as manifested by the heavy bloodstains along their route of withdrawal.” he added.
“We will continue conducting focused military operations as our response to the overwhelming clamor of the IP communities to liberate them from CPP-NPA threat, harassment, and extortion,” Arbolado said.