Monday, September 4, 2017


CGMTY, MAWAB, CVP - A joint police-military security operation leads to the arrest of two NPA rebels and seizure of 20 M16 armalite rifles in Brgy. Katipunan, Kidapawan City on Friday, September 1, 2017.

The combined troops of 39th Infantry Battalion, Kidapawan City Police, and Cotabato Province Public Safety and Security Company (CPPSSC) were checking on reports from the populace that armed men who were planning to conduct atrocities against civilians were seen at Purok 3 of the said barangay.

Colonel Roberto Ancan, 1002nd Infantry Brigade commander revealed that a group of NPA new recruits were being task to conduct tactical offensives at unspecified areas.

"With this information at hand, the military together with the police immediately planned an operation purposely to foil an impending threat," added Ancan.

While proceeding to Brgy. Katipunan, the joint police-military team chanced upon two persons carting suspicious objects which were later found to be two M16 rifles. The arrested persons were identified as Wowia Boton and George Cuyo, who are both NPA members under alias Choi of Guerila Front 53. The arrested duo later revealed the location of an arms cache where additional 18 M16 armalite rifles were discovered and recovered. Arrested duo Boton and Cuyo were turned over to Kidapawan police for filing of appropriate charges.

Major General Noel S. Clement, 10ID commander lauded the police and military forces involved in the successful security operation against the NPA and gave assurance of the military's respect and observance of the Human Rights (HR) and International Humanitarian Law (IHL).

"We were able to prevent the NPA rebels from wrecking fear and havoc among the civilians," Clement said.

Clement added that they have seen the strong cooperation of the concerned people who were fed up by the presence of the NPA rebels who still continue to threaten, extort and recruit hapless civilians.

Police and military have intensified its security measures in the said area.

Source: Division Public Affairs Office, 10th Infantry Division, PA

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