Soldiers from 8th Infantry Division (8ID) captured a total of 34 assorted assault rifles believed left behind by fleeing communist NPA terrorists on February 9 in a forested foothills of Pinabacdao town in Samar province.
Soldiers following the foot prints of suspected NPA terrorists were led to a blue plastic drum filled with 24 units of M16 rifles, 2 units of M4 carbine assault rifles, 7 units of China-made AK47 variant rifles, and 1 unit of M14 rifle.
“These are likely excess firearms that the NPA terrorists can no longer bring along because they do not have enough manpower to carry them” Cpt Ryan Layug, 8ID spokesperson said.
801Bde Commander Col Lenart Lelina expressed gratitude to the informant: “we thank the tipster for the valuable and timely information. We have gained the people’s trust and confidence, thats why they are willing to share information. Our prompt action on provided information further encourages more people to provide information” said Col Lelina.
8th Infantry Division Commander Maj Gen Edgardo De Leon commends the troops of 801st Infantry Brigade: “This is one of the biggest, if not the biggest number of assault rifles captured by the AFP from the NPA so far in our counterinsurgency campaign under the leadership of Peesident Duterte. I congratulate the planners, supervisors, and the troops that executed the operations. It is not easy to track down the rebels arms cache in a wide area, parang naghahanap ng karayom sa tambak ng dayami. Pero natunton ng tropa ang stockpile. The capture of 34 assault rifles is a big setback to the NPA in Samar, as this would drastically reduce their capability to carry out acts of terror.”