|New People’s Army (NPA)|
By Jaime Laude
MANILA, Philippines — Government troops captured a suspected training camp of communist New People’s Army (NPA) rebels near Batangas city following last Sunday’s fighting that left one insurgent dead and scores wounded.
Maj. Gen. Rhoderick Parayno, commander of the Army’s 2nd Infantry Brigade, said troops are pursuing the NPA rebels that occupied the camp.
Parayno said the security situation in Barangay Talumpok and the villages nearby where the camp is located has normalized since Tuesday.
At the height of the fighting that resulted in the evacuation of residents and the disruption of classes, the military deployed a helicopter to provide close air support to the troops.
Parayno said all the rockets fired by the helicopter hit their targets, contrary to claims that some of them hit residential houses.
“There’s no truth to that. It’s all propaganda by the left,” he said.
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