LEGAZPI CITY, Nov. 12 (PNA) -- Philippine Army soldiers discovered a New People’s Army (NPA) rebel camp after an encounter in a remote village of Oas town in Albay on Tuesday afternoon, an officer of the Philippine Army (PA) 9thInfantry Division (9ID) said Thursday.
Army Capt. Mardjorie Panesa, 9ID spokesperson, said Army troopers led by 1Lt Dennis Monta discovered the rebel camp following a 20-minute firefight with a nine-man NPA group led by Diomedes Apimado alias Ka Delio.
Panesa said Army soldiers on patrol encountered the communist insurgents at about 2:10 p.m. in Barangay Moronponros, a hinterland village in Oas town.
The communist rebels were caught by surprise and fled, leaving behind an M16 assault rifle, M653 rifle, a .45-caliber pistol, documents and personal belongings.
Panesa said no casualties were reported from the government troops while blood stains were sighted along the route where the communist rebels fled.
While scouring the area for the fleeing rebels, Army soldiers chanced upon the rebel camp, covering 500 square meters, situated between steep slopes and a nearby creek leading to a river line.
At the camp, soldiers found a concealed bleacher-type Anahaw hut with L-shaped bench enough to accommodate 20 persons, and a small bedroom, Panesa said.
During the pursuit operation, the soldiers met two persons at the vicinity, who soldiers suspected to be rebels. The suspects were identified as Socrates Rempillo, 52, and Ronnie Rempillo, 35.
Upon learning that the two were farmers and residents of the town, the government troopers turned them over to the local government of Oas to undergo stress debriefing and notification of their immediate family members.
Meanwhile, in Barangay Maramba of the same town, one William Radan, 50, chairman of the Barangay Power Association, was gunned down on Tuesday night by unidentified assailants, Police Senior Insp. Malu Calubaquib, the Philippine National Police (PNP) Bicol spokesperson, said Thursday.
Calubaquib said the victim dropped dead at the basketball court, with his body sustaining several bullet wounds.
Police investigators are still determining the motive of the killing.(PNA) FFC/FGS/MSA/CBD