NPA ‘arms cache’ discovered in Carranglan
The 84th Infantry Battalion of the Joint Task Force (JTF) Kaugnay and Philippine National Police (PNP) Provincial Office of Nueva Ecija said they discovered an “arms cache” of the New People’s Army in Carranglan town on Wednesday.
Maj. Gen. Andrew Costelo, acting commander of the Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom), said the troops were conducting peace and security efforts when a concerned resident of Barangay Minuli tipped off the location of the arms cache of the NPA, the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP).
Costelo said the war materiel and communication equipment include an M203 grenade launcher, three stocks/butt plates of M14 rifle, six cartridges of 5.56mm, 10 rounds of 40mm high explosive, four long 5.56mm magazines assembly, two short 5.56mm magazines assembly, five ICOM two-way radios with a charger, a 30-liter container with rice, two keypad cell phones, and, assorted medical paraphernalia.
Col. Joseph Norwin Pasamonte, commander of the 703rd Infantry Brigade, whose area covers the province of Nueva Ecija, said the recovered items were brought to headquarters of the 84th Infantry Battalion in San Jose City, Nueva Ecija for proper documentation and disposition.
“Nolcom will be relentless on its peace, security, and development efforts to end the local communist armed conflict in the northern Luzon,” he said.
“I call on the remaining members of the communist terrorist group to peacefully lay down their arms and return to the folds of the law. You are victims of the lies and deceptions of the communist terrorists. Nolcom is always here to help you to start anew,” Costelo said in a statement.
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