Camp Melchor F Dela Cruz, Upi, Gamu, Isabela- The 86th Infantry Battalion, Philippine Army facilitated the surrender of a high-powered firearm believed to be owned by a member of Rehiyon Sentro de Grabidad, KR-CV on September 23, 2020 at Barangay San Ramos, Nagtipunan, Quirino.
A resident from the said barangay surrendered the M16 rifle that he kept since July 26, 2017. According to the resident, he found the M16 rifle at the site of encounter between the troops of 86IB and the communist terrorist group. The surrender of firearm was made possible thru the Community Support Program (CSP) of the government troops.
The continuous dialogue of CSP teams with the residents enlightened them to pursue peace and progress instead of supporting the rebels.
BGen Laurence E Mina PA, Commander, 5ID, thanked the residents of Barangay San Ramos for their trust and support to the 86IB CSP teams in the province of Quirino. “Cooperation and support of the people is a key factor in our campaign against insurgency. It is high time that everyone gets involved to end insurgency and work as one to pursue the genuine peace and progress that we truly deserve.”
The surrendered M16 was brought to 86IB Headquarters for documentation and proper disposition.