MAKILALA, COTABATO – Through the help of a former rebel who surrendered during the Peace Building Seminar last month, the 39th Infantry (Smash’em) Battalion troopers discovered firearms and explosive devices cached at Sitio Bonglawaan, Brgy Palo 19, Tampakan, South Cotabato today, November 27, 2021.
Among the discovered items from the area were: One (1) caliber 50 machine gun; one (1) shotgun; four (4) grenades and one (1) 40 mm grenade launcher ammunition.
Accordingly, these items were stashed by members of the New People’s Army’s Guerilla Front ALIP of the Far South Mindanao Region.
Lieutenant Colonel Ezra Balagtey, Commanding Officer of 39IB in his assessment that the stashing of firearms is a manifestation of their dwindling force.
“This is a manifestation of a dwindling NPA force. They have reached the point that they have more firearms than personnel which means that they are hard up in their recruitment,” Balagtey said.
The recovered high-powered firearms and explosives were brought to the Battalion Headquarters in Brgy. Poblacion, Makilala, North Cotabato for proper disposition.