SECURITY troops in Palawan last Wednesday overrun a suspected New People’s Army (NPA) encampment in Roxas municipality where they recovered weapons and ammunition and other war materials abandoned by the fleeing rebels, Police Regional Office 4-B Director, Brigadier General Sydney S. Hernia told the Journal Group yesterday.
In a report to Philippine National Police Chief General Dionardo B. Carlos, the official said that troops found at the NPA hideout in Sitio Karatong in Barangay Tinitian in Roxas, Palawan 1:35 p.m. Wednesday were improvised hand and rifle grenades, Claymore anti-personnel mines, different magazines with live ammunition and other war materials believed to have been left by NPA guerrillas as they hastily retreated.
Brig. Gen. Hernia said that the discovery of the NPA hiding place was a result of an ‘intensified intelligence fusion’ of different PNP units and the Armed Forces Western Command specifically the Marine Battalion Landing Team 3.
“This is not the first time PNP and the military units in Palawan were able to confiscate or recover war materials and subversive documents from the CTGs (communist terrorist group). Based on the previous encounters in the said island, similar materials had also been sequestered,” he said.
Brig. Gen. Hernia commended his men and the Marine troops involved in the massive combat operation even as he ordered all concerned police maneuver companies in the region to sustain their counter-insurgency campaign.