FORT MAGSAYSAY, Nueva Ecija – Acting on the information given by a former member of the dismantled Komiteng Larangang Guerilla – Sierra Madre (KLG-SM) of the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG), the joint operatives of Army-PNP discovered firearms, Improvised Explosive Device (EID) and assorted war materiel in the hinterlands of Brgy. Labi, Bongabon, Nueva Ecija on November 22, 2021.
According to Lieutenant Colonel Reandrew P. Rubio, Commanding Officer of 91st Infantry (SINAGTALA) Battalion, Philippine Army, the personnel from 1st Police Mobile Force Company – Nueva Ecija Provincial Police Office, Special Action Force, Bongabon Municipal Police Station, 303rd MC-RMFB3, and CIDG Nueva Ecija together with his troops, upon receiving the information conducted a joint operation to locate the said war materiel.
Among the items recovered were: one (1) M16 Colt Rifle; one long magazine for M16; 19 rounds of ammunition for m16; improvised landmine (cylindrical); rifle grenade; non-electrical blasting cap; and improvised electric blasting cap and assorted medical supplies.
The Acting Commander of the 7th Infantry (KAUGNAY) Division, Philippine Army, Brigadier General Luis Rex D Bergante PA, attributed the success of the joint operation with the full cooperation and trust of former members of the dismantled KLG-SM in Nueva Ecija and also the efforts of the MTF-ELCAC in Bongabon, Nueva Ecija.
“Nagpapasalamat ang inyong kasundaluhan sa tiwala na binibigay ng mga dating miyembro ng teroristang grupo na ngayon ay gising na sa katotohanan at kasama natin sa pagtataguyod ng kapayapaan,” said BGen Bergante.
He also emphasized how vital is the recovery of the CTG’s war materiel to the safety of innocent civilians.