From the Manila Bulletin (Jun 10): AFP troops recover firearms, ammunitions
CAMP BANCASI, Butuan City – Combat maneuvering troops of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) found firearm cache owned by the Communist New People’s Army Terrorists (CNTs) in Southern Mindanao province, it was reported today.
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In a statement sent to The Manila Bulletin late Saturday afternoon, 1st Lt. Jhocell D. Asis, Civil Military Operations (CMO) officer of the Army’s 71st Infantry (Kaibigan) Battallion (71st IB) said patrolling peace and development troops of the 71st IB recovered the firearm cache in the ball-mill area of Tagmani, Barangay Tagbaros, Maco town, Compostela Valley (ComVal) province.
“These high powered firearms including three M16 Armalite rifles and live ammunitions were recovered at 9:40 in the evening on Friday,” she said.
The 71st IB CMO officer said that the operating troops of the 71sty IB received information from one of its former rebels (FRs) about the location of firearm cache owned by CNTs under Guerilla Front 2 (GF2) Sun-Regional Committee 2 (SRC2) of the CPP-NPA Southern Mindanao Regional Command (SMRC).
“However, before entering the targeted area, a brief firefight occurred that forced the CNTs to withdraw to northeast direction of Barangay Tagbaros in that same town, leaving behind the firearms cache and assorted live ammunitions,” 1st Lt. Asis further claimed.
In the same statement sent to The Manila Bulletin, Lt. Col Esteveyn E. Ducusin declared that the operating troops in ComVal province are already gaining the trust and confidence of the people in the area and the FRs.
“The report of the FRs with their commitment to guide the troops proves that this unit continues in gaining the trust and confidence not only of the populace but also FRs in our area of operation,” the 71st IB “Kaibigan” commander said.
“Because of the different interventions and activities such as livelihood trainings and livelihood projects targeting FRs, thy are starting to realize the sincerity of the government in mainstreaming them. We do hope that our constituents together with the local government units and other stakeholders will remain committed in supporting our different advocacies and programs towards genuine peace and progress, ” Lt. Col. Ducusin said.
The 71st IB remains steadfast in winning the peace while securing people of ComVal province and Davao Del Norte from violence, he added.