BONGABON, Nueva Ecija– Elements of Intelligence Platoon of the 84th Infantry (Victorious) Battalion, together with 71MICO, 2nd PMFC under the supervision of 703rd Infantry (Agila) Brigade recovered an arms cache in BrgyPuncan, Carranglan, Nueva Ecija on December 21 2019, 1 PM while in the conduct of Special Intelligence Operation.
Recovered were the following items: one (1) M16 A1 Rifle with Serial Number 4891054 surrendered by AA CN Alma, one (1) M16 Rifle with defaced serial number surrendered by AA CN Juancho, six (6) pieces of 40MM, HEDP, two (2) short steel magazines for M16, eight hundred fifty-eight (858) pieces of CTG, 7.62MM Ball, one thousand five hundred fifty-seven (1,557) pieces of CTG, 5.56MM Ball, M193, seven hundred eighty-two (782) pieces of CTG, 7.62MM in 4 Links for M60 LMG.
The Commander of 7th Infantry Division, MGEN LENARD T AGUSTIN, AFP, who has been riding a wave after wave of operational successes, simply stated that “the accomplishment of our troops only showed that the NPAs have lost the support they were ones enjoying as the local populace themselves are now reporting their locations to our soldiers and the credit goes not just to the hardworking team of the 84IB, but to all government security forces who helped in the retrieval of the arms cache.”
“The things we have achieved we owe to the implementation of the Whole-of-Nation Approach to finally put an end to the local communist armed conflict,” Agustin added.
Moreover, COL ANDREW D COSTELO INF (GSC) PA said that this is the best time for the CPP/NPA/NDF members to return to the folds of the law. The continuous recovery of arms cache in not only various parts of their area of responsibility but in the other parts of the country is solid proof that the arm struggle has weakened and the only choice for its members to survive is to return to mainstream society. Under the Whole-of-Nation-Approach, not only the government organizations provide a new lease to life, private entities also offer a fresh start to former rebels. The implementation of the Executive Order No. 70 signed by President Rodrigo RoaDuterte is a clear manifestation of government’s initiative to put to an end the 51-year-old communists’ terrorist activities.
COL COSTELO encourages other NPA members to avail the government’s Enhanced Comprehensive Localized Program (E-CLIP). Under the program, the surrenderees are provided with the livelihood, cash incentives for surrendered firearms and other benefits that would help them to be re-integrated to the mainstream society.The AGILA Troopers calls on everybody to give their support to lasting peace and inclusive growth.