Army troopers discover NPA camps in Kalinga

PINUKPUK, Kalinga, Feb. 28 (PIA) - - Army troopers  recently discovered  two camps of alleged  New People’s Army (NPA) in the  municipality of  Balbalan  after intensified combat operations  that have forced the rebels to abandon their base.

 

2Lt. Edgar Jeric Gonzales, 50th Infantry Battalion Civil-Military Officer, said the first camp was discovered on February 14 at barangay Ab-abaan, Balbalan   while the other one was on   Feb. 23   at Sitio Guin-ang, Dao-angan, both in Balbalan.

The discovery of the camps was based on tips from civilians who pinpointed the general vicinity where armed dissidents splintered into small groups to evade government soldiers.

The 50IB resumed the conduct of focused military operations in their area of responsibility following the lifting of the unilaterally-declared ceasefire on Feb. 4.  Pres. Duterte directed the military to launch an all-out-war after the failed peace talk with the NDF-CPP-NPA.

Earlier, soldiers overran a rebel camp in a remote village in Asipulo town in Ifugao   following a gun battle with the NPA.

LTC Gulliver Señires, 50IB Commanding Officer ,  lamented the cancellation of the peace talk but said they will  still pursue local peace talks provided the NPAs are sincere, present sensible terms, and the right people are involved.

While no peace talk is in the offing, Duterte’s all-out-war policy shall be sustained with public assurance that human rights are respected, international humanitarian law and rules of engagement are observed, he assured.

He reiterated the call for NPA members including the militia ng bayan to surrender to avail of the benefits under the Comprehensive Local Integration Program or CLIP. CLIP offers P7, 000 re-integration assistance, P15, 000 immediate assistance, P50, 000 livelihood, remuneration of surrendered firearm, and Philhealth membership. By: Peter A. Balocnit (JDP/PAB-PIA CAR, Kalinga)

 

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