Nasalubong ang mga sundalo! NPA fails attack in WV

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Government forces foiled on Friday yet another attempt by the communist New People’s Army to harass a military detachment in Iloilo.

The Philippine Army said the NPAs planned to harass Army detachments to mark the National Democratic Front of the Philippines’ founding anniversary on April 24.

It said the April 12 skirmish occurred between the Philippine Army’s 61st Infantry (Hunter) Battalion and suspected NPA members at 5:20 a.m. in Barangay Nalbang in Leon town in Iloilo (Army says rebels’ plan to attack gov’t forces, detachments thwarted).

At the time, the Army troopers were responding to reports from locals that armed persons were seen in the area.

No soldier was injured or killed during the 20-minute firefight, according to Lt. Col. Joel Benedict Batara, 61st IB commander.

Batara said it is possible the NPAs suffered casualties based on bloodstains found in their escape route to Barangay Agra in Leon town.

The Army said it encountered some 20 rebels from Sibat Platoon of the Komiteng Rehiyon Panay-Southern Front Committee, led by one Nahum Camariosa alias Bebong.

Following the skirmish, the rebels left behind firearms and other items including three backpacks, two anti-personnel landmines, two cal-.45 magazines, M-14 rifles, subversive documents, and medical paraphernalia.

Batara commended the public’s effort to report the presence of the NPA “terrorists” that he said let them deter the NPAs’ “terroristic activities.”

“With the people now helping the Army locate enemies, rest assured that the safety of the people of Panay will be our top priority,” he said.

Before Friday’s encounter, the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division recorded eight encounters between Army troops and the NPA rebels in Negros Island and eight in Panay Island since January 2019.