Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija – A firearms cache of a Communist- New People’s Army-Terrorist (CNT) was recovered at Barangay Villa, Maria Aurora, Aurora on December 19, 2019. Information regarding its location was revealed by a former rebel, alias “Dave”.
At around 6:00 pm, one platoon of the 91st Infantry (Sinagtala) Battalion, elements of the 1st Police Mobile Force Company (1PMFC) – Aurora, and troops of the 303rd Regional Mobile Force Battalion conducted an operation to recover the cache.
Said cache contained the firearms of the former members of Komiteng Larangang Gerilya (KLG) Sierra Madre, an armed NPA guerilla front that operates in the mountain ranges of the Sierra Madre. It has now greatly weakened due to the relentless operations of the 7th Infantry (Kaugnay) Division’s 91IB that has operational jurisdiction in the Province of Aurora.
Alias Dave, who is a former KLG Sierra Madre member, said that the firearms cache contained five high-powered firearms. He said they reveal it now to show their sincerity of leaving behind the armed struggle and totally surrendering the use of firearms for a peaceful life. True enough, when the government forces found the cache, there were five M16 rifles inside.
The Commander of 7ID, Major General Lenard T. Agustin, who has been riding a wave after wave of operational successes, especially in the last quarter of this year, simply stated that “the credit goes not just to the hardworking team of the 91IB, but to all government security forces who helped in the surrender of the former rebels and in the retrieval of the arms cache.”
“The things we have achieved we owe to the implementation of the ‘whole-of-nation approach’ which is the break we needed to get the full support of the government units and agencies, and most especially of the people, to believe in us and trust us to do what needs to be done, to end the local communist armed conflict and achieve lasting peace and sustainable development for all,” Major General Agustin added.