NPA arms cache and belongings discovered in Quirino Province

by Chari Santos

ONES, ISABELA— Arms cache and belongings owned by members of Communist New People’s Army Terrorist Group belonging to KLG-Quirino-Nueva Vizcaya was discovered by troops of 86th Infantry (Highlander) Battalion in a tip-off from a civilian in Brgy Nagabgaban, Aglipay, Quirino on 18 August 2020.

The arms cache containing two M16 rifles, two magazines, 69 pieces 5.56 live ammunitions, one (1) Bushnell scope, enemy personal belongings and subversive documents was abandoned by NPA members to the masses.

Said discovery is attributed to the on-going Community Support Program of 86IB in municipality of Aglipay. Further, it has gained the active participation and trust of the people in the community who are supportive to the program.

LTC ALI A ALEJO, Commanding Officer of 86IB thanked the local populace for their support to the troops and said, “The recovery of the arms cache is an indication that the people no longer want NPA to return to their communities, that is why they are giving tips on the whereabouts of those left-behind war materiel of the said group. This also shows that Executive Order no. 70 which institutionalizes Whole-of-nation approach of government in ending local communist armed conflict in the area is effective”.

The said war materiel is now in the custody of 86IB for documentation and proper disposition.

~Press release and photos courtesy of 5th Infantry “Star Troopers” Division, Philippine Army

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