CABANATUAN CITY – Authorities on Saturday recovered a cache of weapons and war materials allegedly belonging to the New People’s Army rebels in a mountainous area in Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija.
In a report to Police Regional Office 3 director Brig. Gen. Valeriano De Leon, newly-assumed provincial police officer-in-charge Col. Rhoderick Campo said combined units from the 2nd Provincial Mobile Force Company, the Pantabangan police, PIU-NEPPO, RID-PRO3, 303RD MC-RMFB3, and the Army’s 84th Infantry Battalion discovered the high-powered firearms and war materials in Bgy. Sampaloc.
Campo said the recovered weapons cache consisted of a 40mm M203 grenade launcher ammunition, two rocket-propelled grenade ammunition, 29 pieces of cal.5.56 cartridges, 18 pieces of cal. 7.62, 14 pieces of cal.30 for M1-Garand rifle and four ammo clip, three long magazine for M-16 and a short magazine, a set of M-16 hand guard and a bandolier vest.
The official said the recovered weapons were believed left behind by the escaping rebels, who previously had an armed encounter with government forces, in the area.
De Leon said the latest recovery of war-time weapons further “incapacitates the enemy’s key operatives.”
He commended the troops for successfully implementing President Rodrigo Duterte’s Executive Order 70 ,which aims to end the local communist armed conflict through the “whole of nation approach,” with the creation of the national task force for the said purpose.