Philippine Army’s 53IB unearths CNT arms cache in Zamboanga del Sur

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Brig. Gen. Leonel Nicolas, Commander of the 102nd Infantry Brigade revealed that during the custodial debriefing, a.k.a. Andoy, an Executive Committee member of the Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee (WMRPC), disclosed that a Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) arms cache can be found in a forested area at Purok 5, Barangay Ocapan, San Miguel, Zamboanga del Sur.

Troops of the 53rd Infantry Battalion immediately proceeded to the location and successfully recovered war materials including five AK47 assault rifles, one long magazine for AK47, and 15 rounds of 7.62mm ball ammunition.

Maj. Gen. Generoso Ponio, Commander of Joint Task Force ZamPeLan commended the troops of the 53IB for this significant gain.

“We expect more communist terrorists to return to the fold of the law following the peace rallies conducted in our area of operation the other day,” the two-star general further stated.

Recovered items were brought to the 53IB headquarters in Guipos, Zamboanga del Sur for proper accounting and disposition.

“Inspired by the several accomplishments, including the decrease in the manpower and assets of the different threat groups within our joint area of operations, the Western Mindanao Command will remain steadfast in conducting lethal and non-lethal operations to sustain the momentum,” Lt. Gen. Alfredo Rosario, Jr., Commander of Western Mindanao Command assured.

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