obliterates NPA’s Northern Samar lair with surgical airstrikes
DPAO, 8ID PA
October 27, 2019
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – Joint Task Force STORM under the Central Command, Armed
Forces of the Philippines destroyed a confirmed New People’s Army (NPA)
encampment in the hinterland of Barangay Caputoan, Las Navas,
Northern Samar in the early morning of October 26, 2019.
Utilizing the Philippine
Air Force (PAF) supersonic FA-50 jets to conduct surgical airstrikes
to deliver 500-pound bombs, the JTF surprised the group of more or
less 50 NPA terrorists operating in Northern Samar led by Ceriaco
Jerusalem aka CADO.
JTF Storm and 8th Infantry
Division, Philippine Army Commander, Major General Pio Q. Diñoso III
orchestrated the joint operations to locate and annihilate the said
NPA group which had been monitored doing extortion from the
communities in the province. Thus, the AFP’s modernization efforts
had been put to effective use and will continue to be employed in
the neutralization of the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) in Eastern
Visayas in adherence with Executive Order 70, otherwise known as
Institutionalizing the Whole-of-Nation Approach in attaining
Inclusive and Sustainable Peace, Creating a National Task Force to
End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC).”, said Diñoso.
Upon the conduct of bomb
damage assessment in the impact area by ground troops yesterday, the
surgical airstrike resulted to the obliteration of makeshift huts in
the rebel camp and initial recovery of evidences of NPA activities
and presence to include: 11 civilian backpacks, 3 military-type
backpacks, 7 hammocks, 2 sacks of rice, assorted food supplies, 1
box of dried fish, 2 sacks of land mine, 3 cellphones with chargers,
1 ICOM radio, 1 laptop, 1 landline tester, 11 flash drives, 4 SIM
cards, 2 external drives, assorted blasting caps, 1 roll of
detonating wire, 4 live ammo for shotgun, 13 live ammo for M16, 1
empty magazine for carbine, 2 improvised grenades, 2 anti-tank land
mines, assorted medical supplies, and subversive documents.
Ongoing search and pursuit
operations by troops under the 803rd Infantry Brigade are being
sustained to ensure that the CTGs are caught. Bloodstains along the
path of the fleeing rebels indicate the heavy casualties inflicted
on the communist terrorists.
JTF Storm conveys its
gratitude to the relentless support of the civilians who fearlessly
report the intimidation and extortion activities conducted by the
CTG. “The communist rebels, however, are urged to voluntarily
surrender by laying down their arms for them to enjoy the quality of
life they deserve to live with their loved ones.”, Dinoso added.