From Update Philippines (Jun 4): NPA arms cache discovered in Davao Occidental
The 73rd Infantry Battalion (73IB) has discovered an arms cache believed to owned by lawless NPA under Guerilla Front 71, Far South Mindanao Regional Command on June 1. Seized firearms include one (1) M16 rifle, one (1) Springfield Garand rifle, two (2) Caliber 30 M1 Carbine and one (1) M203 Grenade Launcher.
“With the help of a former NPA rebel surrendered to the unit, 73IB troops discover the said cache in the hinterlands of Brgy Pangaleon of Malita, [Davao Occidental],” 73IB said.
73IB is operating under 10th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army at Camp General Manuel T Yan Sr., Brgy Tuboran, Mawab, Compostela Valley Province.
“The rebels were 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,” 73IB commander Lieutenant Colonel Marion Angcao said.
“Notwithstanding, we are still encouraging them to lay down their arms and surrender themselves peacefully to the law and avail the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP),” he added.