Tuesday, August 11, 2020

FR Revelation Leads to NPA Arms Depot in Bukidnon

KITAOTAO, Bukidnon – A revelation from a Former Rebel led the troops of the 16th Infantry Battalion (IB) to a depot of war materials, ammunition, and supplies belonging to the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) in different locations in Kitaotao, Bukidnon.

On August 5, 2020, the joint forces of 16IB, 10MIB, and 3IB recovered war materials that were buried in the hinterland of Sitio Spring, Brgy Sinaysayan, Kitaotao, Bukidnon, identified as one of the mobility corridors of the CTG.

Upon reaching the area, the military troops recovered one (1) M1 US Carbine and eight (8) Magazines (6 short and 2 long) with one hundred two (102) live ammunition and five (5) sets of detonating materials used for Improvised Explosive Device (IED). Another two (2) IEDs weighing five (5) kilograms, were also recovered later that day at Sitio San Jose, Brgy Bulukbukan in the same municipality.

On August 7, 2020, the troops while conducting security operations also discovered a CTG hideout located at Brgy Tandong, Kitaotao, Bukidnon that can accommodate approximately twenty (20) persons. Recovered at the said hideout were nine (9) containers of rice and one (1) anti-personnel mine (APM) that could be deadly both to soldiers and civilians.

The recovery of IEDs with detonating components describe the CTG’s intent to continuously utilize the prohibited device that poses a serious danger to the civilians.

It can be recalled that the use of Improvised Explosive Device (IED) or “mines” violates the provisions of Part III, Article 2, Section 15 of the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHIHL) between the government and National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP).

The concerted efforts of the 16IB in the recovery of the war materials and supplies have thwarted the hostile plan of the CTG's terroristic activities, especially in the vulnerable communities.

The unit also urged the local populace to cooperate and support the government’s effort in attaining peace and development in the area.

Source: Civil-Military Operations Office, 16th Infantry Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, PA

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