Scout Rangers overruns NPA lair in Leyte

Scout Rangers overruns NPA lair in Leyte

Along with the desire of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to have everything in order for a progressive and developed Philippines of tomorrow, is the relentless pursuit of peace and order in all the New People’s Army (NPA) infested provinces.
Leyte has been known as one of the provinces heavily infested with the communist rebels, and as reported in the government run media outlet- Philippine News Agency, the Philippine Army has recovered last week a high-powered firearm and a home-made bomb when they overran a lair of the New People's Army (NPA) in Mahaplag, Leyte.

The government has been pursuing these lawless elements as part of its intensified combat operation against the communist rebels.
Scout rangers of Philippine Army's 78th Infantry Battalion patrolling a remote area in Burauen, Leyte.
(photo credit to PNA)

A 20 minute gunbattle has been reported in Pinamonoan village in Mahaplahe,government troops in the town  resulted to the discovery of the rebel’s lair where the government troops seized an M16A1 rifle, 130 rounds of live ammunition, three long magazines for an M16, four short magazines for an M16 rifle, an improvised explosive device, a mobile phone, a handheld radio, a medical paraphernalia, and subversive documents with high intelligence value.

“It is a good thing thetownsfolk reported the presence of NPA in the area the people made their stand, they have enough of the terrorism made by the NPA," Lt. Col. Roberto Obaob of the Philippine Army 78th Infantry Battalion said .

No casualty or injury was reported in the government side.
Brig. Gen. Lope Dagoy, commander of the Philippine Army’s 802nd Infantry Brigade, earlier said their goal is to completely wipe out insurgency in Leyte before he retires in March 2020 next year.
“I encourage you to heed the call of the communities, lay down your arms and avail of the enhanced integration program of the government and allow then government to resolve the issues of the communities and the end of this armed conflict,” Dagoy said.

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Report from PNA

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