Sunday, June 4, 2017

Firearms hidden by rebel returnees found by army

From the Mindanao Times (Jun 5): Firearms hidden by rebel returnees found by army

TROOPS of 67th Infantry Battalion recovered high-powered rifles in Sitio Casunogan, Barangay Mahan-ub, Baganga, Davao Oriental around 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Capt. Andrew Linao, civil-military operations (CMO) officer of 701st Infantry Brigade, told TIMES yesterday that the troops were verifying information volunteered by a rebel returnee about an armed cache in the area.
They recovered four AK47 rifles and one M653 assault rifle in the vicinity of Bagras, Casunogan.

Linao said the firearms were hidden by the rebel returnee prior to his surrender.

Meanwhile, five high-powered firearms believed to be by communist rebels were also recovered by troops of 73rd Infantry Battalion in Barangay Pangaleon, Malita, Davao Occidental.
The guns included an M16 rifle, Springfield Garand rifle, two M1 carbines and one M203 grenade launcher.

“The rebels are now on the run and have no choice but to hide their firearms to cover themselves as civilians, With the discovery of these high-powered firearms, the NPA’s capability would definitely be depleted,” Lt. Col. Marion Angcao, commander of 73rd Infantry Battalion, said.

They are also encouraging the other communist rebels to lay down their arms and avail of the comprehensive local integration program of the government.

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