By Mike U. Crismundo
Butuan City – Combined troops of Agusan del Sur Provincial Public Safety Company, Third Maneuvering Company of 13th Regional Public Safety Battallion and Alpha Company of the 26th Infantry Battallion captured a New People’s Army (NPA) camp in the hinterlands of Barangay Sta. Cruz, Rosario, Agusan del Sur, Sr. Supt. Joseph D. Plaza, provincial director of Agusan del Sur Police provincial office (PPO) yesterday reported.
In a progress report sent to Chief Supt. Rolando B. Felix, regional director of Northeastern Mindanao Police Regional Office 13 (PRO 13), Plaza reported that the government forces overran the NPA camp after an hour-long gun battle with members of guerilla-Front Committee 14 of the CPP-NPA Northeastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC) on Friday.
He said the troops scoured the camp on Saturday and Sunday, and found several blood stains believed from guerillas who were either killed or wounded skirmish.
But with no body recovered, the government forces believe that the casualties were carried by the rebels as they retreated to the Mount Diwata range, bordering the provinces of Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur.
He said the captured NPA camp was located in a one-hectare area and was bounded by a forest with natural spring running through it.
The government forces recovered guerilla paraphernalia, including bomb-making, as well as 157 cartridge cases for M-16, AK-47 and M-14 rifles, sweat shirts with the NPA insignia of “Bagong Hukbong Bayan,” and subversive documents with high intelligence value.
“No one was killed or wounded on the government side while it is still to be determined, as of this time, how many were killed or wounded on the enemy side as blood stains were sighted along the rebel escape route of withdrawal even inside in the NPA camp,” claimed Plaza, in his progress report on Monday.