July 13, 2024

Troops of the Mountain Province police and Philippine Army discovered a cache of firearms believed to be owned by the New People’s Army in Besao, the Police Regional Office-Cordillera reported.
Capt. Marnie Abellanida, PRO-Cor information officer, said government forces recovered weapons and communication materials at Barangay Gueday including an Elisco M16 A1 rifle with defaced serial number, 2.3 kilograms command-detonated explosives, and four one-kilogram command-detonated explosives. These items were brought to the 69th IB detachment based in Ilocos Sur for proper disposition.
Other seized items include 100 meters of electrical wire, two-way radios with charger, cellular phone, and electrical digital tester.
He said the cache was discovered based on information from a resident.
He added the government is pursuing its various programs to end local armed conflict.
He urged the remaining NPA rebels to avail of government programs and assistance as the administration pursues effort to end insurgency.
“There are programs to help them change to a better and peaceful life,” Abellanida said. – PNA