Thursday, February 28, 2019

Communities tipped off CNTG arms cache in Eastern Mindanao

NSFA, Panacan, Davao City - Two Communist-NPA Terrorist Group (CNTG) arms cache were discovered by operating troops in Eastern Mindanao the past two days.

On February 27, 2019, a patrolling platoon of 23rd Infantry Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, discovered an arms cache and a hideout in a cave at So. Bulak, Brgy. Lower Olave, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte. The said hideout has an estimated area of 40x30 square meters that can accommodate more or less 15 CNTs.

The troops recovered two unserviceable Garand rifles (serial number 2251028 and defaced) and 90 bottles of medicine.

On Tuesday, February 26, 2019, operating troops of the 56th Infantry Battalion recovered four high powered firearms in a CNTG's arms cache in Barangay Dagohoy, Talaingod, Davao del Norte.

In a report made by BGen. Ernesto Torres Jr, Commander of 1003rd Infantry Brigade, the discovery of the arms cache which has two M14 Rifles, one 50 Cal. Browning Heavy Machine Gun and one 60 MM mortar, a magazine for M14 and 7.62mm ball ammunition came after troops responded to the information of the community in the area.

Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Felimon T. Santos Jr, Commander of Eastern Mindanao Command acknowledged the complementing efforts of the soldiers and the community in attaining peace.

"Security of the communities can be best done if stakeholders of peace will complement each other. The effort of the communities of providing information and declaring the armed terrorist undesirable denies them of space to hide, plan and carry out evil plans," MGen Santos said.

It can be recalled that villages and communities have been declaring the CNTGs as "persona non grata" in their respective communities.

Lately, on February 25, 2019, the Ovu-Manuvu tribe in Davao City declared the NPAs "persona non grata" in their ancestral domains and villages, while the Province of Davao Oriental declared and prohibited the CPP-NPA-NDF and declared them as undesirable in a resolution passed on February 19, 2019.

Source: Public Information Office, Eastern Mindanao Command, AFP

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