Thursday, October 22, 2020

NPA high-powered firearms, ammos seized in Davao Oriental after civilian tip-off

MATI CITY, Davao Oriental - A civilian tip-off led to the discovery of a high-powered firearm hidden by the CPP-NPA Terrorists (CNTs) in the hinterlands of Sitio Batobato, Tubaon, Tarragona in Davao Oriental on Saturday, October 17, 2020.

Troops of the 66th Infantry Battalion discovered the high-powered firearm after a local resident tipped off the location of the arms cache.

A combined military and police scoured the area and discovered the 5.56mm rifle and 20 cap magazine loaded with seven rounds of 5.56mm ammunition. 

Col. Krisnamurti Mortela, 701st Infantry Brigade Commander said the operation was in response to reports by concerned civilians in the area on the activities of the CNTs and the discovery of the high-powered firearm.

Recovered materials were left by retreating forces of North Front under the Southern Mindanao Regional Command (SMRC) last 2018.

Governor Nelson Dayanghirang said, "our people in the hinterlands are now becoming active in our campaign in totally ending the decades-long problem of communist armed conflict that hindered the development of their communities."

Mayor Nestor L. Uy of Tarragona, Davao Oriental lauded the members of the AFP and PNP in their relentless efforts to end the local armed conflict.

“I commend the troops of 66IB and PNP members of Davao Oriental Police Office for the successful conduct of their joint operations in my municipality," Uy said.

Mortela expressed gratitude to the villagers who provided "positive and timely information to the government forces regarding the activities and concealed High-powered firearm and ammunition."

"We are glad that the residents of Tubaon village willingly supported us in ending insurgency in conflict-affected areas," he added.

Also, Lt Col. Roman Mabborang, the 66th IB commander, said that the successful operation was one of the positive outcomes of the recently launched “Oplan Tubaon” on October 15 in support to the President’s Executive Order 70 that envisions totally ending local communist armed conflict by facilitating the delivery of government services in vulnerable communities.

“With our concerted efforts, we are gaining back the trust of the people to the government. It also means that the CNTs are losing mass support as the residents now shift their support to the government," Mabborang said.

He added that civilian tip-offs on the activities of the rebel prove that "they are already tired of the presence of NPAs in their areas.

Source: Civil-Military Operations Office, 701st Infantry Brigade, 7th Infantry Division, PA

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