Military seizes high-powered firearms in DavOr, AgSur ops

High-powered firearms were recovered by the soldiers under 701st Infantry Brigade following a tip from former rebels in separate operations conducted in Davao Oriental and Agusan del Sur on Friday, Dec. 3.

In a statement Sunday (Dec. 5), Captain Mark Anthony Tito, the 10th Infantry Division (10ID) spokesperson said three former rebels together with the troops of 701st Infantry Brigade, 48t, 66th, 67th Infantry Battalions (IB) under the 10IDn, troops of Regional Mobile Force Battalion 11, Revitalized-Police Sa Barangay (R-PSB) Cluster 8, Davao Oriental Police Provincial Office, and intel units of the Airforce led the troops during the recovery firearms and anti-personnel mine.

Former Weakened Guerilla Front 18 (WGF 18) members aided troops in locating the Cal 7.62 M14 Rifle, Cal 5.56 M16 Elisco Rifle, and Cal 5.56 Bushmaster Rifle during the conduct of joint operations of 701st Infantry Brigade, 66th and 48th Infantry Battalions at Sitio Magkilo, Brgy Marayag, Lupon, Davao Oriental.

Recently, a rebel surrendered to 48th IB and helped the troops capture a Caliber 50mm Sniper Rifle with 25 rounds of ammunition, and subversive documents at Sitio 1K, Brgy Bunawan Brooks, Bunawan, Agusan Del Sur.

Also, one anti-personnel mine was recovered in the location of Sitio Bagong Silang, Brgy Bayugan 3, Rosario of the same province.

Furthermore, another three high-powered firearms an M16, M203 grenade launcher, Garand rifle, and other war materials were recovered by the troops of 73IB under the 1002nd Infantry Brigade, 102MICO, and K9 Team at Sitio Kalnge, Brgy. Tuyan, Malapatan, Sarangani Province on the same date.

Said arms cache was pinpointed by alias Uyo who surrendered to the troops of 73IB also bringing along with him an M14 rifle last December 2.

“We are thankful for the cooperation of former NPAs who truly abandoned the belief of communist armed struggle. Their efforts to assist our troops by providing information on the whereabouts of their firearms is a strong gesture that they no longer believe that violent arms struggle is the solution to their communities’ problems,” Colonel Oliver Maquiling, commander of the  701st Infantry Brigade said.

He also assured that they will go after the NPA as part of their mandate that is to end insurgency, especially in their area of operations.

“Our convergence efforts through the programs of National and Local Task Forces to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (ELCAC), progress and improvement of livelihood of the communities in former NPA guerilla bases are happening,” Maquiling added.

On the other hand, MGen. Ernesto Torres Jr., 10ID commander lauded the troops for their continuous efforts and accomplishments alongside the former rebels during the final push of the government in the total eradication of armed operations of the NPA in the area of 10ID.

“The series of recovery of high-powered guns by our troops with the help of the rescued former rebels is a clear manifestation of a weakening leadership of the Communist Terrorist Group. Peaceful means of surrender remain a priority,” Torres said. (NW)