The military attacked a base camp of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Sultan Kudarat’s Daguma Mountain Range that left at least 10 rebels dead on Saturday. The attack was conducted at the Communist Party of the Philippines celebrated its 52nd founding anniversary also on Saturday.
Major General Juvymax Uy, commander of Joint-Task Force Central’s 6th Division, said a Philippine Air Force FA-50 jet dropped a guided bomb on the NPA base camp, which was followed by an artillery and ground attack by Army troopers.
After the battle, government troops recovered 10 dead NPA rebels. No casualties were reported from the side of the military.
“May this be an eye-opener to all the remaining members of the NPA. May they realize that they are nothing else but just sacrificial lambs of the group,” Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Western Mindanao Command chief, said in a statement.
Uy said the coordinated offensive on the NPA camp was made after they received reports of about 200 NPA guerrillas massing in the village of Namat Masla, near Mt. Lumuton, in Palimbang, who were apparently preparing to celebrate the CPP’s 52nd anniversary celebration.
He added that this is the first time the military captured an NPA camp belonging to the Far South Regional Committee of the rebel movement. The military has been conducting operations against the NPA in the Daguma Range for many years. SOVEREIGNPH