Monday, March 4, 2019

Troops discover Landmine, arms cache

NSFA, Panacan, Davao City - Two laid landmines were discovered by troops of 23rd Infantry Battalion (IB) under LTC Francisco Molina along So. Bulak, Brgy. Lower Olave, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte on March 2, 2019, at around 11 o' clock in the morning.

In a report by LTC Molina, the discovery came upon the information of a concerned individual while troops were conducting security operations.

The International Humanitarian Law-banned anti-personnel landmine was recovered and undergone safety process before it was brought to Headquarters 23IB for safe disposition.

On a separate occasion, troops from 39th Infantry Battalion (IB) discovered a Communist NPA Terrorist Group (CNTG) arms cache along the "Peace Zone" of Sitio Alimodian, Barangay Banayal, Tulunan, North Cotabato in the morning of March 1, 2019, upon the information of a former NPA member who surrendered to the unit.

LTC Rhojun Rosales, Commander of 39IB in his report states that the cache yielded a machine gun, two high powered rifles, and four rifle spare barrels.

The officials of the said barangay have witnessed the discovery of the cache and the actual recovery of the firearms.

"The spontaneous flow of information from the communities is proof that they are for peace and renounce violence to rule in their respective communities. This, along with the declaration of different communities of the CNTGs as undesirable in their respective areas, should be enough for them to understand the message," LTGEN Felimon T. Santos Jr., Commander, Eastern Mindanao Command said.

On February 26, 2019, it can be recalled that operating troops of the 56th Infantry Battalion also recovered four high powered firearms in a Communist NPA Terrorists' arms cache in Barangay Dagohoy, Talaingod, Davao del Norte.

Meanwhile, another arms cache and hideout at Sitio Bulak, Barangay Lower Olave, Buenavista, Agusan del Norte was tipped off to the patrolling platoon of 23IB, 4th Infantry Division on February 27, 2019, yielding firearms and medicine.

Source: Public Information Office, Eastern Mindanao Command, AFP

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