BUENAVISTA, Agusan del Norte – An NPA combatant who surrendered to the troops of 23rd Infantry (Masigasig) Battalion revealed the location of three (3) High-powered firearms cache in the hinter area of Sibagat, Agusan del Sur on November 08, 2019 at around 11:30 in the morning.
A certain alias Marco (Not his True Name), a former member of Sandatahang Yunit Propaganda (SYP) 21C, Guerilla Front (GF) 21, North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC), under the leadership of @ MACOY (True Name: Anthony Sagdon Dagium) revealed that they have high powered firearms buried in the hinter area of Brgy Padiay, Sibagat, Agusan del Sur. He disclosed significant information which pointed to the exact location of the firearms to include several war materiel and assorted personal belongings.
Immediately, the troops of 23rd Infantry Battalion, under the operational control of 402nd Bde, led by LTC FRANCISCO L MOLINA JR, Commanding Officer, 23IB organized a team to validate the information where the firearms are purportedly hidden. Upon reaching the area, the troops recovered recovery of three (3) M14 Rifles (serviceable), thirty-five (35) meters electrical wire, two (2) Blasting caps with detonating cord, one (1) pair Handguard for M16, one (1) pair AR 18 Handguard and one (1) Improvised Anti-Personal Mine which was still planted inside CPP-NPA hideout.
Alias Marco was used as a courier by the CPP-NPA as young as 14 years old. He became fulltime NPA combatant at the age of 16. He was also taught how to plant and disposed landmines.
Meanwhile, Lieutenant Colonel Francisco L Molina Jr, Commanding Officer, 23IB lauded the Former Rebels (FRs) for helping the unit in maintaining peace and order situation in the AO. “With the help of the FRs, we located the NPA arms cache and recovered war materiel which they can possibly be used in conducting atrocities anytime. Likewise, we save another young victim of the CPP-NPA whom they have indoctrinated with destructive ideology. We also encourage the parents and the elders to take care of their children so that they will not become prey to the hands of the CPP-NPA terrorists.”-Molina ended.