Army scores high-powered firearms in Zamboanga del Norte

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CAMP SANG-AN, Zambo Sur- Tipped-off by former rebels, Army’s 97th Infantry Battalion captured high-powered firearms
in Barangay Bunawan, Godod, Zamboanga del Norte last 17 October 2020 in the morning.

“The couple who were former NPA Terrorist members, known as alias Larry and Grace, previously surrendered to 97th IB and disclosed the location of hidden arms cache to the troops”, said Lt. Col. Manaros Boransing, 97IB commander.

Five AK-47 assault rifles were captured which were accordingly being used by Terrorist members of the Communist NPA Terrorists Cell Feliciano Alpha (Flex “A”) but were buried due to dwindling of their fighters and limited ammunition.

According to Brig. Gen. Leonel Nicolas, 102nd Infantry Brigade Commander, “The losses of their fighters is due to our continous and no let-up combat operations”.

“The continued commitment of the Army and the different stakeholders in implementing the E-CLIP will motivate the remaining CNTs to lay down their arms and return to the folds of law,” Brig. Nicolas added.

Maj. Gen. Generoso “Gene” Ponio, Commander, 1st Infantry Division, enjoins all stakeholders throught the LTF-ELCAC to sustain the momentum of our efforts against these Communist Terrorist Groups (CTGs).

“We are now about to see the end of the presence of the CTGs in Zamboanga Peninsula, as more and more CNTs continue to surrender to the government,” Maj. Gen. Ponio said.

“We will claim to be victorious in this battle and in due time, the peace-loving people of Zamboanga Peninsula will enjoy a safe, peaceful and progressive society for their families,” Maj. Gen. Ponio aded.

The firearms are in the custody of 97th IB and now subject for documentation and processing to establish their origins and will be transferred to Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Police Office (ZNPPO) to process firearms renumeration under E-CLIP.