The Philippine Army’s 53rd Infantry “Matapat” Battalion (53IB) discovered an enemy arms cache while conducting reconnaissance patrol at Purok 2, Sitio Datagan, Barangay Guibo, Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte on August 17, 2021.
A tip from a concerned civilian in the community led to the discovery of the armaments cache, which included one Garand Rifle, 10 magazine clips loaded with 80 live ammo, and one bandoleer.
Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera, 53IB Commanding Officer, explained in a statement that the tip from a civilian that led to the finding is a genuine proof that hinterland people reject communist-terrorist doctrine.
“The Matapat Troopers will relentlessly pursue the enemy to keep the people of Barangay Guibo, and the whole of Siayan town, safe. This is a clear sign that hinterland communities, once exploited by the CPP-NPA, now renounce their lies, propaganda, and deception,” said Lt. Col. Herrera.
Meanwhile, Brig. Gen. Leonel Nicolas, commander of the 102nd Infantry Brigade, expressed his gratitude to the community and encouraged them to continue rejecting communist ideas.
“We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the people of Siayan for the continued support in our campaign to end local communist armed conflict. We encourge everyone else to continue to denounce the Communist Terrorist Groups and their atrocities for our children and the future generation,” said Brig. Gen. Nicolas.