7 NPA firearms seized in series of operations in Mindanao

The Army’s 10th Infantry Division (10ID) series of military operations conducted in different parts of Mindanao against the New People’s Army (NPA) guerrillas have resulted in the confiscation of seven high-powered firearms and subversive documents.

In a press statement issued Wednesday, Dec. 1, 10ID commander, Maj. Gen. Ernesto Torres Jr. said more firearms will be recovered from the rebels before the year will end due to the impacts of the implementation of Executive Order No. 70 on the remaining sympathizers and members of the communist movement.

Last Nov. 28, a 10-minute skirmish between the troops of 73rd Infantry Battalion (73IB) and the remaining members of the dismantled Guerrilla Front (GF) Tala of the NPA in Sitio Bayabas, Barangay Tuyan, Malapatan, Sarangani.

The 73IB troopers were targeting Meridio Sambilad, alias Yoyong, the secretary of GF Tala during the said operation.

Recovered from the encounter site was one 9mm pistol with 19 rounds of ammunition and one M653 rifle.

On Nov. 29, a revelation from NPA’s Platoon Andoy Vice-Commander alias Ram pointed to the location of colt M16 Rifle at Sitio Rancho, Barangay Kulaman Valley, Arakan, North Cotabato.

On the same date, an M16 Elisco rifle with a short magazine filled with 18 rounds of ammunition was also surrendered to the troops of 72IB by Alias Ronel, an NPA courier and spotter under GF 53 at Barangay Pangao-an, Magpet.

On Nov. 30, the Community Support Team of the 3IB in Quezon, Bukidnon facilitated the surrender of two Milisya ng Bayan members identified as Christian De Mesa Pancho and Roy Panes Lingco.

The two also handed over an improvised M79 Grenade Launcher, one caliber .38 revolver, and one .357 revolver believed to be owned by NPA’s Platun Bagsik under GF Malaya of North Central Mindanao Regional Committee.

 “The gains of the Agila Division (10ID) will continue to soar higher before the year ends, our ultimate accomplishment beyond the numbers of recovered firearms and other parameters is the growing number of former supporters working with the government for lasting peace and sustainable development geared towards conflict and insurgency-free communities,” Torres said. (NW)