By Danny Escatacio
CAMP GENERAL NAKAR, Quezon– A training camp of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Barangay Pagsangajan here was overrun by government forces, the military reported.
Troops from the Army’s 80th Infantry Battalion (80thIB) and local police encountered an undetermined number of rebels in Sitio Lagmak Sunday, said Lt. Col. Christopher Diaz, the battalion commander.
The troops had been tipped off that the rebels from the Platoon 4A2 of Kometeng Larangan Girilaya (KLG) Cesar of Sub-Regional Military Area-4A (SRMA-4A) were holding lectures and training in the sitio.
Diaz said the government forces edged closer to the camp while the dissidents having their training exercises.
The rebels sensed the presence of the troops and a firefight erupted that last for an hour, ending only when the rebels retreated.
The camp has 20 huts and two lecture halls.
Colonel Alex Rillera, 202nd Infantry Brigade commander, said the discovery of the encampment is a sign that the NPA was losing support from the villagers.