TACLOBAN CITY – Policemen have recovered a firearm, ammunition, and personal belongings when they clashed with an undetermined number of New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in an upland village of Jipapad, Eastern Samar.
No one was believed killed or injured from both sides during a 10-minute firefight in Cagmanaba village in Jipapad town around noon on Thursday.
Seized were a shotgun, five rounds of 5.56 ammunition, two mobile phones, three boxes of contraceptives, two solar panels, an identification card under the name of Jason Rongales with an address in Sta Cruz, Antipolo City.
The police mobile force battalion led by Lt. Junriel Rosario encountered the communist terrorists while patrolling the area.
The police force has intensified its surveillance in the area after receiving reports of sightings of armed men in upland communities.
Last year, NPA atrocities have been reported in Jipapad, a 5th class town with a population of over 8,000.
On July 7, 2021, a soldier and two militiamen were killed while six others from the government troops were injured when rebels detonated three anti-personnel mines in Jipapad.
On July 29 last year, the NPA showed their resistance to a road project when they burned a piece of heavy equipment being used for the construction to connect Jipapad to Las Navas in Northern Samar.
The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP)-NPA is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines.
The Anti-Terrorism Council also formally designated the National Democratic Front (NDF) as a terrorist organization on June 23, 2021, citing it as “an integral and inseparable part” of the CPP-NPA that was created in April 1973. (PNA)