Military recovers NPA food supplies, war materiel in Surigao Sur

Military recovers NPA food supplies, war materiel in Surigao Sur

Military operations in the field are continuous despite the coronavirus pandemic in the country and has resulted to results which are considered "a big blow on their side as they continue their futile armed struggle against the government".

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) reports over the weekend, the discovery of the Communist Party of the Philippines’ armed wing New People’s Army(NPA) hideouts in Surigao Sur which resulted in the seizure of food items, war materiel, and subversive documents.

The hideouts were discovered during a massive military operations by the Army's 36th Infantry Battalion in the remote areas of Barangay Bayogo in Madrid town and in Barangay Cabangahan in Cantilan on May 16 and 17.

Recovered food supplies, war materiel, subversive documents, and other personal belongings of communist New People’s Army rebels in the remote area of Barangay Cabangahan, Cantilan, Surigao del Sur, during a two-day military operation on May 16-17, 2020. The military says an NPA surrenderer provided information that led them to the rebel hideout. (PNA photo)

“The food caches were discovered in Barangay Bayogo, Madrid through the help of alias 'Bray-Bray' an NPA member apprehended by pursuing 36th IB troopers after the armed encounter that took place on March 14 in the area,” Capt. Jonald Romorosa, civil-military operations officer of the Army's 36th Infantry Battalion,said.

The seized NPA food supplies comprises of rice placed in six plastic containers, each with a capacity of six liters, and half-sack of assorted canned goods.

“Bray-Bray told us that they (the rebels) left the food supplies for safekeeping and future purposes and to move away to avoid the operating troops,” Romorosa said.

He said the captured NPA also revealed that the food supplies were forcibly taken from the communities and residents through the rebels' "extortion activities".

He said the food supplies belonged to the NPA combatants of Sandatahang Yunit Pampropaganda (SYP 2), of the "weakened guerilla front" under the NPA's North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC).

Romorosa said the 2nd hideout discovered in Barangay Cabangahan, Cantilan town resulted in the discovery of war materiel, subversive documents, and personal belongings of NPA rebels.

He said the hideout, which can accommodate around 40 rebels, belonged to a rebel unit under the NPA's Guerrilla Front 16.

Among those recovered were a 45-caliber pistol, a hand grenade, live ammunition, a rifle scope, paraphernalia from an improvised explosive device (IED) such as wire, blasting caps, and switch.

The military also recovered mobile cellphones, backpacks, a transistor radio, sweatshirts, flashlights, medical paraphernalia, assorted food items, and documents with high intelligence value.

“With the relentless combat operation in the area, they have no choice but to surrender to the government rather than be killed in an encounter or starve to death,” Diagmel said

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Report from PNA

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