Army re­cov­ers 5 firearms in Kalinga

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BALBALAN, Kalinga – Mem­bers of 50th In­fantry Bat­tal­ion has re­cov­ered five high pow­ered firearms from al­leged mem­bers of the New Peo­ple’s Army (NPA) in the prov­ince.

Sec­ond Lieu­tenant Edgar Gon­za­les re­ported troops of the Char­lie Com­pany led by 2Lt. Jus­tine Rigor Teves were con­duct­ing se­cu­rity op­er­a­tion at Si­tio Ma­sait, Mabaca, Balbalan when they en­coun­tered about 10 NPA rem­nants un­der Romeo Am­mo­gawen aka Ranger.

A gun­bat­tle en­sued for al­most 30 min­utes, af­ter which, the rebels es­caped to­wards dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion leav­ing three M16, one M653, one M14, am­mu­ni­tions and sub­ver­sive doc­u­ments.

Lieu­tenant Colonel Mar­tin Daiz Jr., Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer of the 50IB, said their on-go­ing se­cu­rity op­er­a­tions is in re­sponse to per­sis­tent re­ports from lo­cal of­fi­cials and res­i­dents of al­leged ex­tor­tion ac­tiv­i­ties of the rebels in Mabaca and neigh­bor­ing barangays.

Daiz re­ported sol­diers ear­lier dis­cov­ered an aban­doned camp at the vicin­ity of barangay Mabaca com­posed of 16 bunkers, one class­room, one din­ing room that can ac­com­mo­date 50 per­sons. Assorted sub­ver­sive doc­u­ments and other para­pher­na­lia were also re­cov­ered.

Daiz con­grat­u­lated the troops and thanked lo­cal folks of Mabaca for their con­tin­u­ing sup­port to 50IB in its cam­paign to end in­sur­gency in the prov­ince.

He added there are 37 na­tive NPA rebels still roam­ing in the prov­ince pos­ing threat to the in­ter­nal se­cu­rity of Kalinga. PIA Kalinga

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