MANILA, Philippines – Three camps of the New People's Army (NPA) in Samar have been seized by government forces since Friday, the military said.
Capt. Gene Orense, spokesman of the Army's 8th Infantry Division, said two camps were seized by the Army in the town of Matuguiano, and another was found in the outskirts of Lope de Vega.
Orense said the rebel camp in Inubod village in Matuguinao was captured last Friday after a firefight that lasted for 30 minutes.
He said the camp had makeshift bunkers, a kitchen and a hall that can fit 30 people.
The second camp, Orense said, was discovered abandoned in the outskirts of Lope de Vega last Monday.
It had 15 bunkers that can accommodate around 30 rebels.
Another camp, which could house 45 people, was also found abandoned at Del Rosario village in Matuguinao last Monday.
Meanwhile, Lt. Col. Arvin Lagamon, commander of the Army's 63rd Infantry Battalion, attributed the captured camps to the peace and development efforts of their Bayanihan team.
"This only shows that the Bayanihan Team activities are well appreciated and being supported by the local populace and some of the local issues were being addressed by the local government with the assistance of the military," he said.